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The History of Valentine's Day

We found this article written by Meggen and Peter Taylor, and found the origins of Valentine's Day to be very colorful.  Enjoy! Meggen and Peter TaylorFounders of and lovers of all things historic, vintage, classic, retro and throwback. Since the holiday of love is fast approaching we thought it fitting to explore the historical roots of Valentine's Day. Personally, I am a bit torn about how I feel about the holiday itself. Part of me (the Libra side) is in love with love so any day that celebrates "love" is a winner in my book. However, the cynical side of me thinks it is a trumped up faux-holiday created to have us all spend money. I guess this makes...

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras History The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras," or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies. On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very...

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Welcome to our new on-line Store

The place where vampires shop has been open now in New Orleans to mortals since 2003.  We have an amazing collection of talented artists who cater to those with tastes for the unusual, beautiful and curious. Visit our store frequently, as we add new items often.

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