“So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else’s.”
1. New Orleans,Louisiana
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There are plenty of good reasons to spend Halloween in New Orleans. The endless parades and beignets are enough for me. I could easily book a room at House of the Rising Son on Pelican Ave and spend my time doing nothing but eating and being lazy….but I am talking about NOLA here..I have complied a list of intriguing things to see while visiting New Orleans during Halloween.
1.Lafayette Cemetery. Visiting the cemetery half in the bag… at night, is always fun. Beware of mummies and ghosts. It is Halloween, after all…
2. Visit the abandoned Six Flags on Michoud Boulevard, at night. If you have a penchant for photography,arriving before sunset is the ideal way to go…just watch out for creepy clowns and angry cops.
3. The Historic Voodoo Museum is pretty cool. New Orleans Voodoo is more than just an obscure set of religious practices. The history of Voodoo in New Orleans is intriguing and involves zombies, Voodoo queens and much more. If you are like me and enjoy history, you may find yourself enamoured by this spooky place.
4. If you want to escape the enormous crowds of the French Quarter, but still want to drink and have a good time, head on over to Vaughan’s Lounge on Dauphine Street. After a long night of slamming back sazeracs and dancing like crazy to a bevy of local jazz musicians, you may find yourself too exhausted and beleaguered to make it back to your hotel room.
5. Voodoo Fest this year features Jack White…enough said….
Salem, Massachusetts is a lovely place to visit during Halloween. Some 60,000 people arrive in Salem every year for Halloween festivities. In regards to things to see and where to stay,there are a number of award winning B&B’s, along with dozens of historical sites. The Salem Witch Museum is a must see. Here are the top 5 reasons for visiting Salem this October.
1. Stay at The Amelia Payson House Bed & Breakfast on Winter Street. Amelia House is located in the Historic District of Salem. The B&B is a quick walk to the Salem Witch Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, as well as the carnival on Derby Street.
2. The Salem Witch Museum. The Salem Witch trials of 1692 were tragic. The people of 17th Century colonial North America were a superstitious bunch. Paranoia and religious zealotry led to the conviction of 20 innocent people…who all died at the hands of lunatics..Anyhow, the museum is a dark, creepy place filled with mystery. I highly recommend a visit.
3. Carnival on Derby Street. Fried dough, cotton candy, witches and zombies. All on the beautiful waterfront. Need I say more?
4. Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball. Drink lots of ale, preferably strong stuff, then dress up like the Texas Chainsaw dude and crash the ball…the Patagonia clad tourists will be horrified.
5. Check out Kane Hodder, aka Jason Voorhees. He will be making an appearance at Count Orlock’s Nightmare Gallery on October 30-31st. Chainsaw included…
- Samuel Johnson The Rambler
“I sat yesterday morning employed in deliberating on which, among the various subjects that occurred to my imagination, I should bestow the paper of today. After a short effort of meditation by which nothing was determined, I grew every moment more irresolute, my ideas wandered from the first intention, and I rather wished to think, than thought upon any settled subject; till at last I was awakened from this dream of study by a summons from the press: the time was come for which I had been thus negligently purposing to provide, and, however dubious or sluggish, I was now necessitated to write.”
“The folly of allowing ourselves to delay what we know cannot be finally escaped is one of the general weaknesses which, in spite of the instruction of moralists, and the remonstrances of reason, prevail to a greater or lesser degree in every mind; even they who most steadily withstand it find it, if not the most violent, the most pertinacious of their passions, always renewing its attacks, and, though often vanquished, never destroyed.”
*O! Procrastination…I know you all too well…you are there when I wake up and pour myself my first cup of coffee. Why do I put up with you?
2. Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal
I was delighted to discover this classic while packing. I had forgotten that I owned it…must read it again!
“O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose not only tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe.”