You simply must play this New Orleans jazz with this slideshow. After all, what is the Big Easy without jazz? Enjoy!
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New Orleans is a unique place. For food, for music, for architecture, and let us not forget the above ground cemeteries, which are an architectural genre unto themselves. I woke up early one morning and was fortunate enough to have some good lighting in the cemetery across from Commanders Palace. I may do a separate slide show of this fascinating NOLA phenomenon for those that are interested.
But whether it’s cemeteries or mansions, New Orleanians have their own unique way of looking at the world. Here are some of my observations about New Orleans from my time there way back when:
New Orleans 1988
Key Facts About The Big Easy
Not much about this city has changed, although I would venture to suggest that I’ve changed a great deal over the years. This visit to New Orleans was mercifully without the drama of my former life and was without the heat of summer. Overall, it was a very nice visit! As a pure tourist, I had a great time.
Should you visit:
And should you yearn for a bit of New Orleans…
“A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures” (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).
I personally howled with laughter reading this book!
After living in New Orleans, I have become a fan of chicory coffee and this is the brand I buy. With some steamed milk (almond milk for me), YUM! Ideally the chicory should be balanced with a bit of sugar, but on an anti-cancer diet, I avoid both dairy and sugar. To each his own! Either way, enjoy!
This is one of my all time favorite collections of music. It simply doesn’t get any better, and Louis Armstrong certainly conjures up The Big Easy. If you don’t already own this, buy it now! It’s simply wonderful.
And here is Louis Armstrong singing perhaps one of his greatest songs. This always brings tears to my eyes. I just love this song and I just love this artist. Enjoy:
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You’ve captured the feel of New Orleans perfectly from the architecture to the sense of fun and adventure in the city. Your post reminded me it has been such a long time since I’ve visited and it made me nostalgic. Time to plan a revisit!
I actually lived in New Orleans for a year, way back when and prior to Katrina. It was interesting to see the post Katrina city. The Warehouse District where I lived is now posh (it was definitely NOT chic when I lived there) and the World War II Museum is simply stunning. It was such a treat to revisit NOLA. Many memories!
New Orleans is my happy place! I’m going in April and I can’t wait to get there!
I always enjoy visiting. I actually lived there for a year back in the ’80’s. Now when I return, I make it a quest to check out all the new restaurants. Plus the classics. Plus, of course, oysters!