City of the Dead – Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Visiting one of the “Cities of the Dead” was high on my “must-do in New Orleans” list.

Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans, Garden District, aboveground, burial, stone crypts mausoleums, tombs, Cities of the Dead, ©2015 ImagesByRJM

Our hotel was in the Garden District, so while Amanda was doing homework I went exploring, camera in hand, and found Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

I visited midmorning on a Saturday and found very few people there – although one man did approach to tell me about the open crypt (see below). I’m pretty sure he was hoping I would ask questions and then give him a tip for being a “tour guide.” I did neither, just politely thanked him.

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Alligator Cheesecake

hanging moss, swamp tour, Lafitte, Louisiana, April 2015, ©2015 ImagesByRJM When my daughter and I decided to spend a week in NOLA in April, I told her one of my bucket list items was to go on a swamp tour. “Not me, Mom,” she said; she had no interest in going.

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Expert Travel Advice, Part 2 – Accessible Lodging

As we prepared for two trips – a family wedding in October and, a few months later, attendance at a cultural event – I found it necessary to make accessible lodging arrangements.

I solicited the help of a travel agent for the second trip, knowing that hotels would be crowded and costly, and hoping she would have some “professional sway” to make sure we got what we needed. (Big thanks to Nona of Divine Destination Weddings, who specializes in all aspects of travel!)

For the wedding, however, I chose to trust my instincts and follow the suggestions of Candy Harrington as shared in her presentation to the Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society in May 2014.

Expert Travel Advice, Part 2 - Lodging

Accessible room, Hampton Inn, Corona, CA

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