Friday, November 12, 2010

NOLA : Lafayette Cemetary

Just a picturesque walk through dead-ville after breakfast at the Commodore's Palace. Oh, and I'm writing this to remind myself to write about the chandeliers at the CP. Just incredible. It's another post altogether.... I'll get there.

In the meantime, just in case any of you had never been to the Layfayette Cemetery (This is apparently where they filmed "The Vampire Lestat" scene where Louis (Brad Pit) gets bitten by an absolutely horribly cast Lestat.) this is it:

Please note that we were met at the end of our visit by the 'parks & recreation' worker, who, I'm guessing was at the 'nip' a bit early that day. Anyway, he told us that the reason that the graves were above ground was NOT because NOLA was below sea level, but because it was easier and cheaper. This is how the middle class was put to rest.. the upper class were buried just like anyone else.

Oh, and totally new to me.... they apparently bury as many bodies in a tomb as they can possibly muster. Sometimes up to 20-30. They just pack the bones in (ok, I'm guessing here- I never could get a straight answer on how they did this) and carve a new name to the marble nameplate plaque.

Am I the only one who just found this a bit creepy?

Oh, and we were greeted by the feline guardian at the gate:

Had to get a shot of an open tomb: I still don't get it.
Put the recently deceased on the slab then dump the bones into the area underneath?

NOLA still has its problems, even in the graveyard.

People place beads instead of flowers, which I think is just cruel; reminding the dead that they missed another party.

This one was a wallop.

It was for a Children's Home/Orphanage.

People left little plastic toys. It made your throat tighten.

How's this for an unusual juxtaposition:

And back to the tombs.....


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