Yes 2 days in one! I know, I know! I needed another day in bed to recover from this cold! It sucks getting sick on vacation. Thankfully the hubby got me cold meds and a huge bottle of vitamin C, which I have been probably overdosing on but it works!
So moving forward to Day Six…I made myself get up and get ready. We strolled through the streets of the French Quarter searching for an authentic voodoo shop. I desperately wanted to find something for my best friend. After browsing through a few shops claiming to be voodoo, I quickly discovered that these shops are not really authentic at all but mostly commercialized.
They all had multiple displays of oils, incense, and even voodoo dolls that seemed of cheap quality but were for sale with a high price tag. Now, for those with an open mind and soul, you know who you are, when you go into certain places, places that you know have a certain mystical attraction, you can feel the energy. Something in the air whether it is the hair on the back of your neck standing, a calm or nervous feeling, or a small breeze that whispers through your hair that feels like a touch.
Well I expected to feel something. All of these shops had an altar on display, roped off with a sign that said “Do Not Touch”. Even with that altar display, there was no energy, no feeling…nothing. The only vibe I got was the feel of someone trying to take advantage of tourists, claiming to be authentic and persuade visitors to empty their pockets and wallets for the cheap trinkets that they sold.
I knew right away they weren’t real. But remembering what a Haitan waiter told us that the truly authentic voodoo shops could only be found in the swamps, I was about to give up on finding that special gift for my friend. I decided to buy a coffee mug and a poster from the Marie Laveau VooDoo Shop (yes it felt commercialized as well) instead of that special charmed gift that I had hoped would call out to me.
After making my purchases and feeling very disappointed, the hubby and I cut down one of the smaller side streets, enjoying the view and the hubby found a spot that was filmed on NCIS New Orleans that he took a picture of.
Right close to the spot where he took his picture I found this little shop that caught my attention right away. Mind you this shop was on a side street, no traffic at all, on foot or in a car. There was nothing else on this street but residential homes and a gated parking area.
The sign hanging above the door had an energy and called out to me! We went inside and I could feel the energy right away. There was a feeling of peace and excitement at the same time. There were items for sale but there weren’t huge supplies of these items. Also these items didn’t seem cheap in quality either.
We browsed and chatted with the lady in the shop. Come to find out, she was a palm-reader and she hosted (by appointment only) sessions for readings as well as special vampire/ghost tours that you would not find in the tourist attraction brochures. If you would like to visit their website, click on the picture. If you want to visit physically, their address is:
Carpe Noctem Boutique du Vampyre
709 1/2 St. Ann
New Orleans, LA 70116
As we kept chatting with her I found a shelf with special items on display. No I won’t tell you what that item was because that was what called out to me, that special gift for my best friend, and I don’t want her to read this before I get home and know what her gift is, (Love you Gwen).
Anyways, there a little sign attached to the shelf giving instructions that you choose the main gift, but the lady in the shop would pick out special charms for you that would go inside the item. So I asked her about those items. She explained she would get a feel or read from you and she would pick out the charms just for you.
Butterflies exploded in my stomach! I explained to her that I was searching for a gift for my best friend and asked if she could get a feel for her. She said sure after she asked some questions about my friend.
I answered her questions and she picked out the charms. I didn’t get to see the charms, so I don’t know what they are and they are hidden inside the gift.
This wonderful lady also gave us a special map to some hidden places that you don’t find on any of the ghost tours. I loved her!! And there were many more items in the shop I really wanted to buy.
But after saying our goodbyes and an invitation to come back for a private session and tour with my best friend, we made our way to Frenchman Street. There we found the jazz and blues clubs.
We picked one and ordered a cocktail…only $5…and listened to the music while we relaxed. I loved it!
Later we strolled down the streets heading back to our resort but made a quick stop at a Cigar Factory while hubby bought and enjoyed a hand-rolled cigar.
Today was a wonderful day and I look forward to what we have on the schedule for tomorrow.