New Orleans is one of those cities that has a special place in the imagination of a traveler, even if you haven’t been there. It’s famous for loving life — for Mardi Gras parades, a vibrant music scene, drinking and eating and gorgeous architecture in the French Quarter — but it’s also known as the City of the Dead, with cemeteries, Voodoo, ghost stories, vampires, and of course, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
In today’s episode, native New Orleanian Laura Martone and her husband, Dan, talk about the history of the French Quarter and some of the haunted buildings there, the best cemeteries to visit, vampires, voodoo and Creole cuisine.
Laura and Daniel Martone write fiction in multiple genres including space opera, post-apocalyptic and urban fantasy. They lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans for many years and produced several audio walking guides. Laura has also written a guidebook to the city and they now live in their RV, Serenity, and travel between New Orleans and Michigan, USA.
- The various pronunciations of New Orleans
- Why the French Quarter has mostly Spanish influenced architecture
- Interesting cemeteries in the city
- Why vampires are associated with New Orleans
- How and why Catholicism and voodoo are so entwined
- The importance of music and its influence on the culture in New Orleans
- The different parades at Mardi Gras
- Seafood boils as social occasions
- The beautiful natural ecosystems that surround the city
You can find Dan and Laura Martone at TheMartones.com