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    Cities of the Dead

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     GejJones says of these photos from a recent cemetery walk, 'I suppose my first memories of New Orleans cemeteries would be an old James Bond movie, Live and Let Die. The French Quarter is where I find the most appeal. The food, people and architecture are all wonderful. What is the atmosphere like in the cemetery, is it pleasant or slightly unnerving? As you can see from the photos, on this day, it was beautiful. Some of the tombs have been damaged or destroyed but most of what I saw was well maintained and well preserved. I would imagine on a foggy night with only a sliver of the moon for light, it would be very unnerving!' His ninth image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for Halloween 2013!
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    Cities of the Dead

    I try to visit New Orleans at least once a year. Last year I took the short walk from the French Quarter to the most famous cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery #1.

    This year I ventured out by car to the Greenwood and Cypress Grove Cemeteries at the end of Canal Street. Both of these cemeteries are very large. As most know, New Orleans is built on a swamp and the deceased have to be buried above ground. The cemeteries take on the look of small villages with their elaborate sculptures and other decorative artwork embellishing the tombs. They even have street and speed limit signs. Just one more reason the cemeteries of New Orleans are known by the nickname, “Cities of the Dead.”

    I should add, and with all cities, some parts are in better repair than others.

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