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The ghost of the Voodoo Queen still looms large in New Orleans, where the priestess used her dark arts as a force for social justice and freedom

VIEW FROM THE USA // AARON MILLAR

SMART TRAVELLER

ILLUSTRATION: JACQUI OAKLEY

Marie Laveau was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. It was the 19th century, the city was rife with slavery; fear and superstition drifted like Mississippi River fog across every cobbled street. A free woman of colour, Marie’s mastery of the dark arts was legendary.

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From ancient villages to stories from the locals, we uncover some of the Aegean Sea’s most gleaming pearls as we island-hop across the paradise idylls of Greece’s Cyclades. Elsewhere, we discover authentic Maori culture in New Zealand; wind our way along the Volga in Russia; and spend a long weekend in Tunis. Our urban highlights this issue include Istanbul, Lisbon, Mumbai and Bordeaux while our photo story introduces the freedivers of Jeju Island in South Korea.