with the bold text in the example below: The Skychi Travel Guide : December 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Miraculous Healing St. Roch Chapel Cemetery New Orleans

St. Roch Cemetery

Photo of Saint Roch and his dog on the altar at St. Roch Chapel Cemetery, St. Roch is the saint of dogs and dog lovers. St. Roch was born in Montpellier, France with a red cross on his chest. He became an orphan at  20 years old and inherited the governorship which he turned over to his uncle. He gave away his fortune to the money and went a pilgrimage to Rome. During his journey he healed people in a town afflicted with the plague. He later fell ill and went into the forest to die. A dog discovered him and licked his wounds and brought him bread everyday. His health was restored and he went home to France where no one recognized him. They declared him a spy and put him in prison where he and his dog cared for other prisoners until his death. After his death, the people discovered the red cross on his chest and his true identity.

St. Roch Cemetery

St. Roch Chapel Cemetery erected by Father Peter Leonard Thevis, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The congregation prayed to St. Roch during the New Orleans yellow fever epidemic in 1868. All of the church members survived the epidemic after petitioning St. Roch. Father Peter Leonard Thevis built the chapel and cemetery in honor of St. Roch.

St. Roch Cemetery
Thank You Room for Miraculous Cures

St. Roch Cemetery
In a small room next to the altar are a collection of unusual items left by grateful healed petitioners.

St. Roch Cemetery
A wooden hand left as a thank you for a miracle cure.

St. Roch Cemetery
A wall filled with crutches and shoes from followers of St. Roch.

St. Roch Cemetery
Prosthetics left by people healed from praying to St. Roch.

St. Roch Cemetery
Thank you note written to St. Roch.

St. Roch Cemetery
Prosthetic leg in the corner of the room

St. Roch Cemetery
St. Rock Thanks

St. Roch Cemetery
Thank You Stones on floor

St. Roch Cemetery
View of St. Roch Cemetery and Chapel

St. Roch Cemetery
Thomas, my Taxi Tour Guide Driver took me to the cemetery to see the little girl who turned to stone.

St. Roch Cemetery
St Roch Campo Santo (resting place of the dead)

St. Roch Cemetery
SkychiTravels visiting St. Roch Chapel and Cemetery

Photo taken by Thomas my Taxi Driver Tour Guide

St. Roch Cemetery
St. Roch Cemetery

Hours: Monday - Sunday 8:30 am - 4 pm

St. Roch Cemetery
St. Roch Cemetery
1725 St. Roch Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday Cheer for Chicago Sightseeing Tips

The Bean in Millennium Park
Jola in front of the Bean in Millennium Park

I just received a warm and fuzzy feeling Christmas thank you letter from a German tourist that I met on the Chicago Blue Line. This thank you gesture makes my passion as a flight attendant travel blogger sharing travel tips more than worthwhile. I am an information person with the spirit of helping, so I love sharing my knowledge of getting around, places to eat, places to stay, and things to do. I rarely receive feedback about  my travel tips. This is my Christmas thank you letter with photos that my new German friend and I took while riding the Chicago Transit Authority.

"Dear Janice,

I wish you a Merry Christmas and delightful days, a happy New Year and
a good start into 2013!

I wanted to thank you again for helping me, it was very nice to meet you.
The time in Chicago was wonderful. I have bought the 5 entrance tickets
that you have suggested me. The weather was very beautiful.

If it happened that you are in Germany I am inviting you to my house and family!

Warm regards,


I met my new friend Jola on my way home from a four day trip. I helped her to buy a 3 day CTA pass which gave her unlimited travel on the CTA.  She asked me for advice on how to get to her hotel. I began sharing with her some places to visit in Chicago like The Sears Tower, The Art Institute, The Chicago Cultural Center, Pizzeria Uno's. Garrett's Popcorn, and Buddy Guy's Legends. These are some of my hometown Chicago favorites that I recommended to Jola.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Flight Attendant Advice for Flying with Children: The Sitting Game

American Eagle Aircraft
American Eagle Aircraft

On a recent flight from Houston to Chicago, I was working in First Class as the number one flight attendant. Three of my seven first class passengers were a family from England. A mother traveling with her son and his grandmother sat in the bulkhead which is row one our CRJ 700 aircraft.

The little boy was adorable, he asked for biscuits as soon as he was seated on the plane. Biscuits in British English means cookies, so I gladly obliged by giving him biscuit cookies. He happily devoured them, several of them. The sugar high kicked in and  he started crawling of the floor. His mother wanted more cookies to pacify him, but I decided to serve them lunch instead of more biscuit cookies. He sat down to eat lunch for a few minutes. He nibbled on the cheese from the mini slider sandwiches. As I served lunch to the other passengers, I saw him out of the corner of my eye crawling around on the floor again. The mother and the grandmother were both drinking hot coffee which he could have easily spilled and burned himself. I told him it was time for a nap and grabbed a blanket and toy for him to settle down to sleep. Houston to Chicago is a 2 hour and 30 minutes flight which too long to have a child hiked up on sugar crawling everywhere. I prepared a bed on the bulkhead floor with blankets as a sleeping mat for him and  sang "Brother John " to him in French. Next, he decided that he wanted to crawl into his mother's lap.  Then, he fought the sleep and finally dozed off to sleep in his mother's arms giving all of us a much needed break.

This flight reminded me of my days as a Mom traveling internationally with a baby and toddlers on long haul flights. I will share some tips with you of how to make flying with little ones easier on the parents and the rest of the passengers.

Prepare your toddler for the airplane ride by creating a airplane game to practice sitting in a seat for the duration of the flight

My grandmother always believed in a giving a child sitting lessons in case you are in a restaurant and want to enjoy your dinner without chasing your child around the restaurant. This same idea applies to flying with children.

The Sitting Game

This is a project that may take a month or more depending upon your active child.

Most important, do not give your child any sugar snacks or drinks because sugar will cause them to be cranky or restless.

Begin with having your child sit in a chair for a few minutes a day. Try five minutes or less then the next day add a few more minutes until you reach one hour to two hours.

Children should be able to sit in a chair without watching TV or a DVD player because during takeoff and landing all electronic devices must be stowed away.

Another way to prepare your child for an airplane ride is to watch this video

After your child has learned to sit still, then you can add toys, coloring, or reading a book. If your child is throwing toys at home they will do the same at the airport and on the plane.

Arrive at the airport a few minutes early if possible so they can watch the planes land and take off.

Show them pilots and flight attendants that are passing through the airport.

Teach them to say hello, goodbye, please and thank-you to the flight attendants and pilots.

As you board the plane, you can ask the flight attendants if it is okay to say hello to the pilots in the cockpit.

Have your camera ready to get a photo with your child in the cockpit with captain.

For more tips on the "Sitting Game" read my other article " How to keep babies and toddlers seated on a plane?"