One of New Orleans’ more interesting cemeteries is a few blocks from Faubourg Marigny (driving is recommended). Named for St Roch, a semilegendary figure whose prayers supposedly averted the Black Death, the site became popular with Catholics during yellow-fever outbreaks. Walk through the necropolis to the ‘relic room,’ which is filled with ceramic body parts, prosthetics and false teeth; these are ex-votos, testaments to the healing power of St Roch. Marble floor tiles are inscribed with the words ‘thanks’ and ‘merci.’