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Our Trip South
Photography by Andrew P. Marmouget
Recently we were treated with a trip down south to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary. We were accompanied by two of our sons and one granddaughter. It was a great time to immerse ourselves in their culture, visit some historical sites and explore New Orleans where my husband’s ancestors settled when they came to America about 1850.
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We stayed first in Linden House in Natchez, Mississippi. When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner Mrs. Feltus. She is truly one of the great southern ladies with her cheerful and accommodating hospitality. She even had her cook prepare a slightly change to the breakfast menu for my husband.
One of my sons and his daughter stayed in the Dick’s room suite. It was perfect to accommodate their needs for two beds and privacy with adjoining rooms. Dick’s room is known to be haunted by a previous owner, Mr. Richard . Sometimes guests can hear Dick walking with his cane across the veranda! Although my granddaughter was hoping to see a ghost, we must say all was quiet.
Linden’s main house dates back to 1790 and the east wing was added in 1818 and is still owned by the Feltus, Connor family who has owned it since its early history.
Linden house is a beautiful secluded setting, yet only minutes for al the sites in downtown Natchez. I would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone who is visiting Natchez for its hospitality, convenience and history.
In New Orleans we stayed in the Chateau Hotel suite. It was a private two bedroom suite with a fold out couch for our granddaughter. The balcony was a great place for people watching and there certainly was a lot of interesting characters. It was a great place to stay if one is interested in absorbing the culture in a safe environment. I would recommend it as well.
The Chateau Hotel New Orleans
1001 Rue Chartres
Here are some of my family with a sculpture of a butcher in the
French Market. My family are descendants of a butcher who immigrated from France in 1850. Butchers in France are a little different than butchers in our country. In France a butcher raises the animal, butchers it and sell the meat.
More about our trip to
Our children gave us a gift of money for our 40th wedding anniversary with the stipulation that we had to use it for a trip.
What a surprise! After talking it over, we decided to visit Rome, Italy. I spent the next six months researching all the possible tours and excursions and decided to arrange the trip myself over the internet. I leased an apartment directly across the street from the Vatican for sixteen days. Be sure if you arrange the accomendations yourself, that you choose a legitimate company that requires you to sign a lease agreement and provides you with photo, directions etc. We sent our deposit and then arranged transportation from the airport. We met their representative at the building site and after inspection of our accomendations we paid the balance. I would not pay the full amount in advance. We used the bus system and train for transportation and it was very convienent for our needs.
Below are some of the photographs from our trip. Hope you enjoy them.
St. Peter’s Square
Photography by Andrew P. Marmouget
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Built by Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, began building of the Colosseum in AD 72. It was completed in AD 80. It was originally built over an artificial lake and often navel battles were acted out inside. It is probably most famous for the killing of Christians and the fights of the Gladiators. The colosseum could hold over 50,000 spectators and had over 78 entrances.
Today, when tourist view the Colosseum, the most popular tourist attraction in Rome, they see that part of the upper
lever walls are no longer there. Many may assume that they deteriorated over the years, but they actually were taken down and used to build St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican. St. Peter’s Cathedral is built over the actual tomb of St. Peter the Apostle and the recent rediscovery of the tomb can be toured with permission from the Vatican. Watch for more to follow…..
The Island Paradise of Boracay, Philippines
My husband and I had a great blessing in that one of our sons was working in the Philippines. He invited his father and I for a visit to Manila, and much to our surprise, he had also planned a trip to a tiny island about 196 miles south of Manila, called Boracay. Tourist discovered it in the 1970s so it is relatively unspoiled and pristine with serene beaches, turquoise waters, friendly natives and exquisite scenery. According to the history and legends of Boracay, it was settled originally by people known as the Ati. In the 1900’s a young couple, Lamberto H, Tirol and Sofia Ner Gonzales came to the island and began planting coconuts among other things. For further history of the island and the Lamberto Tirol and Sofia Ner Gonzales family story, please visit: http://hijosdetirol.i.ph/If you have the opportunity to travel to the Philippines, I would recommend that you plan a week’s stay in this island paradise.
Photographer: Andrew P. Marmouget
Walking the Roman Road of Early Christianity Few Christian pilgrims are aware of the picturesque little village of Ostia Antica approximately twenty mile outside Rome. Dating back to the third century BC, it grew up as the port city of the Tibre River. It was here in this commercial harbor that supplies from the known world were unloaded from ships and transported by wagon over the lava stone roads to the seat of the Roman Empire. At the height of its economical importance, it is estimated that the population reached 50,000. The Christian pilgrims of today can wander the ancient streets and almost hear the noise of the busy market place, the haggle of the customers over the price of grain or imagine the Roman citizens gathering in the theatre for a day at the games.
Ostia Antica’s role in early Christianity began with the death of the Apostle Paul who, history tells us was beheaded on the road to Ostia and is buried outside the walls of Rome on the Via Ostensia where St Paul’s Basilica now stands.
In 269AD, eighteen Christian were executed in front of the theatre and about thirty years later, a young virgin was martyred by Roman soldiers for helping Christians who were imprisoned in this port city. The church dedicated to her memory now stands within the walls of the medieval city built in 843AD to ward off an anticipated attack by the Saracens and pirates by Pope Gregorius IV.
The village of Ostia within the castle wall. The church of Aurea, under which St. Monica’s remains were buried, is seen on the right of the photo, toward the far end of the street. Also in this photo, one can see the lava rock cobblestone which can be found on many of the streets of early Rome.
About 316AD, Constantine separated Ostia Antica from Portus and built a cathedral in the former. The remains of that Cathedral, tell us that it was a Christian church of size and importance. One in which Augustine and his mother, St. Monica probably worshiped in 387AD as they waited to return to Africa. It is recorded that before they could begin their voyage, St. Monica died after suffering for nine days in Ostia. She is recorded as saying that she no longer had the need to live since her work had been completed. She was referring to her diligent efforts and prayers to see her son, Augustine, converted to Christianity. In St. Augustine’s writings, he tells us that he found his mother standing alone, “leaning in a certain window, from which the garden of the house we occupied at Ostia, could be seen; at which place, removed from the crowd, we were resting ourselves for the voyage, after the fatigues of a long journey.“ St. Monica was buried where the church of Santa Aurea now stands. Later her remains were interred in Rome.
As the port city’s importance declined, the city fell into ruins and from the eleventh to the fourteenth century, Ostian marble is reported to have been stripped from the buildings and reused in the cathedrals of Pisa, Florence, Amalfi and Orvieto. This was customary among the builders of this time period and nothing was sacred from their pillage. Even the Colloseum of Rome was stripped of its marble to build St. Peter’s Basilica. In the 15th century, the castle of Gregoriopolis was restored and added to by the then cardinal, Giuliano della Rovere, who later became Pope Julius II. (He is also the pope that charged Michaelangelo to paint the Sistine chapel and laid the cornerstone for St. Peter’s Basilica.)