For those who love to wander, coming home can sometimes be a “downer.” But what perks us up after a good trip is looking through photos and reliving and re-evaluating what we saw. Thus it was after a brief but fun visit to New Orleans, a place we’ve seen numerous times, but one that always shows us something new and delightful.
And this time was a nothing-special time — no festivals, no conventions we had to attend, no national holiday celebrations. Just pure New Orleans . . . if there is such a thing. Sort of reminds us of this Bob Dylan quote, “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.”
Maybe it’s the people . . .
Or it could be the icons. Like St. Louis Cathedral where you can duck in for a moment of quiet and a glimpse of Christian opulence.
Of course, New Orleans is food. Like gumbo at Napoleon House. Or muffulettas at Central Grocery. Maybe beignets at Cafe duMonde. But no trip is complete without stocking up on Aunt Sally’s pralines — a box for the folks back home and at least one apiece for us!
And New Orleans is seeing remnants of Mardi Gras still hanging from the trees around Jackson Square . . .
or colorful masks and feathered boas that remind us how dressing up is just part of being in NOLA, Mardi Gras or not.
To some, New Orleans is macabre. A little bit funereal. A little bit voodoo. And a lot of obsessing over death and the hereafter.
New Orleans can be the sadness of seeing the homeless with nowhere to go . . .
or the oddities of structures that probably have tales to tell.
Maybe it’s the art of the area — like oddly fascinating little put-togethers . . .
or fabric art that draws you in to enjoy the cleverness and the handiwork of someone who’s got a handle on life as she sees it.
It’s also the little things you never expected to see.
Whatever New Orleans is to you is what New Orleans is, for your experiences and your views will make up your tapestry of this city, the one Southern city that we could visit again and again.
We’d love to hear from you, our readers. What have you seen that you loved about New Orleans?
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And, as always, thanks for traveling with us,
–Bert and Rusha