Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from ClaudiaAmezcua.com

Happy New Year from ClaudiaAmezcua.com!  I’m excited to start the year off right by breathing new life into this website and blog.  I am working on expanding this site to chronicle my travels through the year, tips and of course i’ll sneak in a few cool gadgets here and there.  To the adventures that await in 2015 (maybe we’ll finally get that overboard and self lacing shoes we were once promised)!


 

Latina in New Orleans

Louis Armstrong statue

I’ve always had an interest in visiting New Orleans.  From the history, the music and the southern hospitality, New Orleans has it all. After saving for two months with a little encouragement from friends and family I packed up for my first solo trip down to the Big Easy.

Bienville House (courtesy www.bienvillehouse.com)

During my stay I took up residence at the Bienville House Hotel. A beautiful historic hotel located right outside the French Quarter on Ducatur Street.

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I took a little walk around the french quarter and experienced the best Po’Boy in my entire life and later found myself at the world famous Cafe Du Monde for beignets and coffee.

The next day, I had the pleasure of taking a cemetery tour by Haunted History tours.

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The tour took place at St. Louis Cemetery #1 the oldest cemetery in New Orleans and the eternal resting place Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen.  This was the most  informative, interesting and entertaining tour I have ever been on.  Our tour guide Ernest did an excellent job breaking down the history of funerals and burials in New Orleans with a little southern charm and hospitality.   If I can urge you to anything, please take this tour!

New Orleans is a charming city that made me feel nothing but welcomed.  If you ever make your way down south, make sure to take some time and revel in some southern hospitality!

 

Visiting Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles

I went on a mini adventure to the to visit my aunt at work at none other than the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles. Personally, I am not a religious person as many people, but I do have faith in something out there.  I don’t feel real attached to one particular faith because I feel that all of them are quite beautiful in their own way.

I am proud to say that my father had a hand at building this gorgeous place; he was working with the construction company that built it (go dad!). Now understand why he was so happy working at this particular site.

It was my first time visiting the cathedral of which I knew nothing about other than it was a cathedral and it had much of the same religious items found in a Catholic Church. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cathedral housed a number of  art and exhibits in the corridors surrounding the main worship area. My aunt mentioned that cathedral had a small group of residential artists whom contributed much of the artwork. I think my personal favorite exhibit featured items from Pope John Pope II 1987 visit to Los Angeles.

My visit coincidentally laded around the “Dia De Los Muertos” holiday. I was able to enjoy a touch of it in a small exhibit with sugar skulls and an altar inside the mausoleum. I appreciated this small gesture because it beautifully honored and respected the Latino culture that founded the City of Angeles.

Things that instantly caught my attention…

As a Latina growing up in a predominantly Catholic house hold I was a little taken back that there where no statues of saints anywhere within the main worship area. Instead they had tapestries with all the saints along the walls making the room feel modern, open, and inviting that instantly made me feel like I didn’t have the weight of the church on my shoulders.  It was a huge sigh of relief because I wasn’t spending my time trying to remember prayers and catching myself from cussing like a sailor (which I NEVER do!) Or to carry myself as respectable lady.  I felt like I could be myself and be accepted with my imperfections.  

To be honest, this place is worth checking out for anyone looking to experience a different view of the City of Los Angeles.