Louisiana Part 10: The National WWII Museum


As a World War II buff I am always willing to learn more about events of said war. So, when my dad and I were in New Orleans we couldn’t pass up a chance to go to The National WWII Museum. There we learned about the war in both the Pacific and the Atlantic. We were even more pleased to see that they had an exhibit dedicated to Bob Hope. You see, Bob Hope traveled throughout World War II with his crew going to bring about comedy and a bit of home to each soldier who may have never been as far from home before. Each different exhibit gave us new insight into the events of World War II. I was able to learn so much more about the horrors of war that came with this war. Stay safe and well!


Louisiana Part 9: Lafayette Cemetery


If you have ever seen a film or TV show that has taken place in New Orleans with a cemetery, then chances are it was filmed in the Lafayette Cemetery. My dad and I visited the cemetery while we were on the Garden District Tour (I will post more about that later). While inside the cemetery I was in awe of seeing the places where they filmed parts of American Horror Story Coven and Interview with a Vampire. Sadly, I don’t really remember much about who was buried there and for that I am sorry. But, I do highly recommend a tour of the Lafayette Cemetery. Stay safe and well!


Louisiana Part 8: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1


One of the greatest things I would recommend on a trip to New Orleans is a tour of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Yes, I know a tour of a cemetery sounds morbid. But, inside I got to see the tomb of Marie Laveau, the VooDoo Queen, it was great to hear about how she was willing to let others not related to her be interred with her. Inside this cemetery they filmed a scene for the hit film Easy Rider. However, the scene was sexually explicit and the producers did not ask permission from the New Orleans Archdiocese. Since then they have had to. Also, there is a tomb there very out of place. Inside this is where Nicolas Cage plans on being interred one day.

In order to go into the cemetery you have to pay for the tour. Sadly, the explicit scene from Easy Rider is not the only issue the Archdiocese of New Orleans has had. There have been people who have painted Marie Laveaus grave and spray painted tombs. I hope you enjoy these photos! Stay safe and well!


Louisiana Part 7: The Horror of Slavery


When my dad and I approached each plantation we visited, which were: Myrtles, Laura, Oak Alley, and Houmas House, we were always in awe of the structure. Inside each house was a beautiful mansion with rooms filled with priceless artifacts. But, behind each house were little cabins set up. These cabins were where the slaves had to live while they were forced against their will to work the land.

IMG_9616When we were at each plantation we learned quite a bit about the treatment of the slaves. I don’t remember much about the horror the slaves endured at Houmas House. But, I do remember the rest. At Oak Alley they had a mannequin dressed up where she was given a name. I am very sorry to say I don’t recall the name they gave her. Our tour guide told us how she would have to wait on her master and guests over dinner while they made choices that would affect her and the other slaves lives.

IMG_9664At the Laura Plantation we learned about the horror of sexual abuse from one of the owners Flagy Duparc who raped two of his slaves, Melanie and Henriette. This resulted in the birth of two children. The reminder of slave masters taking advantage of their own slaves for their own personal gain was heart breaking. After hearing this story I couldn’t help but wonder how many other female slaves were sexually violated and victimized by Flagy Duparc.

IMG_9582A the Myrtles Plantation, they talked about the brutality of torture some of the slaves received. There was one story about a slave who was standing outside a door accused of eavesdropping only to have her ear cut off. There were other ones about them being burned with fire and getting fingers and toes cut off.

IMG_9611Despite learning about the torture and horror these men and women had to endure there is one story that has stuck with me for the past two years. The story comes out of the Laura Plantation about a slave named Edouard. You see Edouard bravely escaped to join the Union Army during the Civil War. When he learned about a fund set up for soldiers who served in the Union Army following the war he decided he wanted part of it. However, he had returned to Louisiana and was living on Laura plantation. The only way for him to prove he served bravely was to write it all down. So, he did write all about his time served in the army day by day. He eventually was rewarded money from the fund. To this day Edouards personal hand written account is in the Library of Congress, I believe, to this day. It was a blessing to hear the story of Edouard while sitting in his house, but sadly I didn’t get any pictures.

IMG_9612Even though the American Civil War had freed the slaves they weren’t entirely freed. Many of them stayed on the plantation they had been working on for their entire lives earning money from their, now, employers. But, the catch was the only place they could spend their money was at the plantation store. They were forced to take what little money they had to put away to ensure they could move off the plantation one day as some how they figured there was a debt or something like that to be owed. They could buy their way off the land, but families had to worry about buying clothes for children and feeding their family. At the Laura Plantation we learned that it wasn’t until the 1970’s in Louisiana when the cabins were finally emptied of the descendants of the slaves.

IMG_9661The whole point behind these actions was to suppress a population. If you went against the former slave owner/employer then you had to face the horrible group the Ku Klux Klan. I am sure many of you know that the KKK had members the police and other divisions of law enforcement to help cover up lynchings and beatings done to the African American community. Sadly, there are still hate groups who do what they can to hurt and suppress the African American community today.

IMG_9649But, we have come a long way from the suppression of slavery as we are reminded every January with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While things today are better than they were many years ago, they are not perfect. In history class we learn about the horror the slaves had to endure on the plantations. It is a dark cloud in American history, but we must not forget what happened there. When you drive up to a plantation the first thing you see is a giant beautiful house filled with imported furniture and antiques worth a fortune. But, as soon as you step outside you see the cabins that were once filled with people who never had the chance to enjoy the luxury of their masters.

Stay safe and well!!

Louisiana Part 6: The Myrtles Plantation


Authors Note: Please know that I am aware that this a plantation where the terrible act of slavery took place. I do plan on doing a post solely dedicated to the scourge of slavery on a later date.

One of the most haunted places in America is said to be the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. It is rumored this plantation was built on an ancient Indian burial ground. There the spirits and ghosts of residents are said to dwell inside. There is a Bed and Breakfast there and those who stay overnight are said to have heard banging on the walls and reflections in mirrors that aren’t their own.

I will be very honest, I don’t remember much of the history of the family who built the Myrtles Plantation. I was paying too much attention to the haunting’s that took place inside the dwelling. They actually have photos of a ghost named “Chloe” in photographs around the house. There are many things to be said about visiting the Myrtles Plantation. But, mainly I went there to see and hear about the ghost stories and sightings there. Stay safe and well!!


Louisiana Part 5: Laura Plantation


Authors Note: Please know that I am aware that this a plantation where the terrible act of slavery took place. I do plan on doing a post solely dedicated to the scourge of slavery on a later date.

The only Creole Plantation down in Louisiana we visited was Laura. You could tell it was a Creole plantation by the fact the outside was painted with different colors rather than white. The story of the family that built Laura was pretty fascinating. Basically, the Dupac family built it from the ground up with a sugar plantation in mind. His daughter Elizabeth wanted to leave the plantation to get an education in the English world. This was very uncommon for a Creole/French father to let his daughter go and get educated in this way as it was common for the French and English to be separated. At some point she married into the Gore family, so from there the family grew. As time went on the plantation was inherited by Laura Locul Gore and she ran the business until 1891. The history of the Laura Plantation is much longer than that I can assure you.

Also, it was very interesting to learn that the stories of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Bear are commonly associated with Laura. I’m not too familiar with the stories, but it was talked about on the tour. So, while that is a bit of interesting history I hope you enjoy the photos. Stay safe and well!

Louisiana Part 4: Oak Alley Plantation


Authors Note: Please know that I am aware that this a plantation where the terrible act of slavery took place. I do plan on doing a post solely dedicated to the scourge of slavery on a later date.

One of the most popular plantations to visit in Louisiana is Oak Alley. Sadly, they would not allow us to take photos inside the house. Oak Alley is one of the places where they filmed the hit movie Interview with the Vampire based on the popular Anne Rice novel.

They had just finished a preservation project a few months before inside. I wish I had the photos to show what they had. While taking the tour we learned of the Roman family who had built Oak Alley and what became of their family following the Civil War. Soon after the Stewart family took hold of the property and started working on the Oak Alley Foundation in order to preserve history. Stay safe and well!

Louisiana 2018 Part 3: The Houmas House


Authors Note: Please know that I am aware that this a plantation where the terrible act of slavery took place. I do plan on doing a post solely dedicated to the scourge of slavery on a later date.

One of my favorite movies in recent years is Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. So, when I learned that the house where they filmed the movie and where the lead actress Bette Davis stayed I couldn’t pass up the chance. I was shocked to learn that most of the movie was shot on the second floor the building.

While there we learned a little bit about why the Houmas House was still standing. Apparently, during the Civil War there were Union soldiers coming to burn it down. However, the owner who lived there at the time was a British resident and draped a British flag over the railing so they could see it. In the surrounding area they were burning down places. It is believed that if it weren’t for, I believe his name was John Burnside feel free to correct me if I am wrong, quick thinking then the house probably would have been burned down. Stay safe and well!

Louisiana 2018 Part 2: New Orleans Museum of Art


While exploring the French Quarter my dad and I stopped in the New Orleans Museum of Art. There they had displays of costumes worn during Mardi Gras and outfits that would have been worn by the nobility. There was a section dedicated to jazz as the music is very commonly associated with New Orleans. Stay safe and well!

Louisiana 2018 Part 1: New Orleans French Quarter


After all the blogging I have done on my travels in the midwest from 2016 to 2017, I’ve decided to do one on the joyful time I had in Louisiana. New Orleans was where we stayed, but we ventured out to see and learn about life in Louisiana past and present. I am looking forward to sharing with you more on our travels in the deep south. But, for now I hope you enjoy these photos of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Stay safe and well!



Madame Delphie LaLaurie’s Mansion. One of the most haunted dwellings in the world.