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See you all in heaven

This is Mr. History Tourist.  It brings great sadness to tell all who read this blog that The History Tourist has lost her war with triple negative breast cancer.   She passed away on October 14th of 2019.  This blog was … Continue reading

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City Park in the Dark

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What is now the New Orleans City Park was, before colonization, home to the Chapitoulas and Houmas. They showed the colonists the land and the creek that ran through it, connecting Lake Ponchartain to the Mississippi River. In the late … Continue reading

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St. Louis Cathedral

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“How cute is he?” I asked Patricia. It was Sunday morning and we’d ducked out of the rain and into St. Louis Cathedral (officially the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis), where we sat dripping all over a back pew. Had I … Continue reading

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Catholic New Orleans

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The Old Ursuline Convent was — surprise! — a convent. For the Ursuline order of nuns. It was built in 1745 and was an orphanage and school for girls as well as a convent. It’s the oldest building in the … Continue reading

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St. Roch

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Yellow fever killed almost 8000 New Orleanians in 1853.  A local parish priest decided to pray to the patron saint of good health, St. Roch, to save the people of his parish. Miraculously, no one in the parish died. So … Continue reading

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Congo Square

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It was hot and muggy as hell, but I wanted to see St. Roch Chapel. Google maps said that the chapel was a 40 minute walk from Saint Louis Cemetery #1, straight down Rampart Street and up St. Roch Avenue.  … Continue reading

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Faux Laveau

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It was Monday morning and Patricia was off to her conference sessions. I was on my own for the day.  You know how much I like cemeteries and the ones in New Orleans are iconic, so I had made reservations, … Continue reading

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