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Booked A Cruise To Jamaica

Getting ready to mark a trip to Jamaica off the bucket list. I booked my first 7 day cruise with a balcony for October on Carnival Cruise. We leave from New Orleans so that is my chance to see that again and go to Jamaica, Belize, & Cozumel. I’ve never had a balcony before but I figure if I am going to do a 7 day then I want the option of having a place to sit and watch the ocean in peace and privacy if I want.

Carnival Cruise

Boston Whale Watching

I took a Whale Watching tour out of Boston in October. It was probably one of the last for the year as the whales migrate south and return in the spring-summer. The tour is about 3 hours and I think it was under $50 if memory is correct. My take away – 1)You only get limited chances in life to do it so go. 2) It’s safe – these are big boats 3) Three hours goes fast 4) You most likely won’t see a whale breach the water with it’s tail but it’s still fun 5) Take a jacket because it is colder on a moving boat then on the shore.

Boston Whale Watching

Boston Whale Watching

Marie Laveau – St. Louis Cemetery No 1

“Marie Catherine Laveau (September 10, 1801– June 15, 1881)[1] was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo, who was renowned in New Orleans. Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, (1827 — c. 1862) also practiced rootwork, conjure, Native American and spiritualism as well as Louisiana or what is known today as New Orleans Voodoo. She and her mother had great influence over their multiracial following. “In 1874 as many as twelve thousand spectators, both black and white, swarmed to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to catch a glimpse of Marie Laveau II performing her legendary rites on St. John’s Eve (June 23–24).” *Marie Laveau II Died in 1860-62. The woman practicing using that name in the 1870’s was not a descendant but one of many women who used that name. Marie I (1801-1881) retired from the practice in the 1860’s due to health. She was bedridden the last several years of her life and taken care of by her younger daughter Marie Philomene (1836-1897) until her passing. There is much misinformation about this group of women.” – Marie Laveau

When I was in New Orleans back in October, I got the chance to tour St. Louis Cemetery #1. This cemetery has several famous celebrities. Even Nicholas Cage has a burial site here and part of the movie “Easy Rider” was filmed in the cemetery. The most famous person buried here of all is the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Laveau. There are a few places in the cemetery which is said to hold he remains but the one pictured below is the one said to most likely be where she is buried.

Marie Laveau