Soaking Up New Orleans

What better way to start our first full day in New Orleans than by going to a cemetery? We went to St. Louis Cemetary No. 1 and walked around inside to see all the above ground tombs. It is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans and has been in existence since 1789.ย St Louis Cemetery No 1 St Louis Ceremony No 1 St Louis Cemetery No 1 St Louis Cemetery No 1 St Louis Cemetery No 1St Louis Cemetery No 1

It was really cool to walk through and think about how old some of the tombs were and who these people and families were during their lifetimes. One of the tombs that the cemetery is famous for is Marie Laveau, a Louisiana Creola practitioner of Voodoo. Although I did not participate, many tourists believe an old rumor that if they wanted their wish granted by Laveau, they had to draw an X on her tomb, turn around 3 times, knock on the tomb, and yell out their wish. If it was granted, they needed to come back to the tomb, circle their X, and leave an offering for Laveau.

Marie LaveauMariw Laveau's Tomb

Amidst all the decades-old history, decaying tombs, and legends associated with the cemetery, there is the pyramid tomb seen in the photo below. Since we were not on a guided tour of the cemetery, I would just Google general information or certain tombs that looked interesting. So that is what I did when we came across this tomb. To my surprise, I discovered that this was to be the final resting place of Nicolas Cage. He purchased the last two side by side plots in 2010 to have this pyramid built. Because why wouldn’t you need a 9-foot tall pyramid to spend all of your eternity in?

Nicolas Cage Pyramid

Omnia Ab Uno (Everything From One)

After the cemetery, we took a walk down Bourbon Street and started out with a drink as we continued on our day in the French Quarter.

New Orleans

We then headed to get some lunch at Cafe Amelie. Hands down, my favorite restaurant we ate at in New Orleans. There were a lot of good ones, but this place definitely tops them all. We started out with the satsuma pepper glazed shrimp, which I thought couldn’t be topped. That is, until our entree of the amelie shrimp pasta arrived. The savory flavors and fresh ingredients of the food along with the peaceful, garden ambiance make this restaurant a winner in my book.

Cafe Amelie Cafe Amelie

Satsuma Pepper Glazed Shrimp

Satsuma Pepper Glazed Shrimp

Amelie Shrimp Pasta

Amelie Shrimp Pasta

We continued our day by more walking around the French Quarter. Then we headed back to Bourbon Street to have some drinks and a crab cake appetizer at The Embers. We got a perfect seat on the balcony overlooking Bourbon Street where we could people watch and enjoy our food and enormous drinks.

Crab CakesBourbon DrinksKrazy KornerBeads on Bourbon Bourbon Street

After our snack and more walking, we headed to Crescent City Brewhouse for a delicious dinner and live jazz music. This long and exhausting day would lead to another long and fun filled one up next!


  1. Stephen Says: April 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Looks like you truly captured the essence of New Orleans

  2. Love New Orleans its vibe, food and people! Fantastic place and so much to do and see – thank you for sharing, you have some great ideas on the town and off the beaten path! thank you for sharing !

  3. New Orleans is high on the top of my list of cities I must visit. It looks so colourful and grungy at the same time. Love the food pics ๐Ÿ™‚
    (Found you through #SundayTraveler)

  4. I LOVE New Orleans so much! Just reading this has made me want to go back. I’m very glad your experience did not involve getting highly intoxicated and trying to climb onto a police horse (not that I would know anything about that…ahem…)

    • It is a fantastic city, and reading my own posts always makes me want to go back! I did not happen to have any incidents with police horses haha but it sounds like it would make for a great story! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love the look of the cemetery! Ever since I started visiting cemeteries as a tourist attraction, I have really come to love the above ground tombs. I really hope to visit New Orleans someday! Not for the cemetery (to specify), but for the amazing ambiance and food!

  6. Always heard the food in New Orleans is delish now I’m sure of it, yumm!

  7. Yummmy food! It looks so good. I could dig into that plate of shrimp pasta right about now.

  8. I lived in New Orleans for years – I miss it so much! Cemetery visits and foods are definitely key parts of any NOLA stop. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I loved your detailed description of your day in New Orleans. I will be there next month for the first time and have been wanting to go for years. I am just hoping it lives up to my high expectations of it. Loved all the photos you posted of the city.

    • Thanks Kim, I hope it does live up to your expectations (I have a feeling it will). The food, the history, the culture… it all makes for a great city! Would love to hear how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

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