Monday, November 29, 2010

November in New Orleans

Earlier in the month of November,
I journeyed to New Orleans.
This trip was a birthday gift from a
very special friend.
Growing up in the midwest, New Orleans
always seemed like a foreign country to me.
I pictured it as a place where different cultures,
races, customs, languages all merged into one
delicious stew of humanity.
From the age of 7,
I wanted to go there;
at the age of 41, I finally made it!

The French Quarter

Jackson Square

Our visit included a day spent wandering
through the narrow, crowded streets of the
French Quarter.

St. Louis Cathedral

This, and all older sections of the city, remained
undamaged by Hurricaine Katrina. We were told
these areas are actually several feet above sea level,
and their altitude, if you will, is what spared them.

Louisiana State Museum

Another side of Jackson Square

Colorful streee scene, to match the colorful personalities
we encountered on our journey.

Naploeon House, one of the oldest buildings in the Quarter.
Garden District Highlights
The Garden District is where we stayed.
This is a gorgeous part of the city,
several blocks away from
the hustle and bustle of the Quarter.
It is where the rich and famous have come to live
and play for decades.
Enormous crape myrtles and live oaks line the streets.
Wrought and cast iron fences, balustrades, and bannisters
lend the area a sense of identity.
Pride of place is most apparent.
Every home there is an architectural gem.

Plaque on the fence on Anne Rice's former house

The house itself, encompassing a mere 15,000 square feet!

A Victorian beauty around the corner from the Bed and Breakfast
where we stayed on Magazine Street.

That is me, pausing while our tour guide discussed
the notable and the noteworthy.

This lovely is owned by Sandra Bullock.

Iron, brickwork, and lush greenery define the Garden District.

This was built as a spec house. Can you imagine?
Lafayette Cemetery
Our walking tour of the Garden District included a trek
through Layfayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans'
famous "cities of the Dead."

The cemetery is surrounded by a large concrete wall
and gated openings, only one of which was open.
There is one way in and one way out.

A friendly feline sunning himself and garnering pets from tourists
like myself. I can't help but wonder if this is merely a guise for him,
if he sometimes occupies other shapes or forms.

A silk rose tucked into the backside of a family crypt
seemed a sweet momento to me.

This is the only metal vault in the entire
cemetery. It has appeared in several movies,
including Interview with a Vampire.

A streetscape

Overhanging oaks

City streets

Another shot of me

A view from an "alley way" behind a street of vaults.

The one aspcet of the trip I didn't represent here,
but was nevertheless integral to our enjoyment,
was the cuisine we enjoyed.
We ate wonderful food, ranging from Mediterranean fare to
traditional creole cuisine. It was divine.

New Orleans is fun, vibrant, and romantic.
It is a place where the present
is inextricably infused with the past.
It is a place where acceptance and resilience are
fostered, where the spirit of survival is palpable.
It is a place where all are welcomed with open arms.
I cannot wait to go back!
Until next time...
P.S. I am settling nicely into my new abode, my new routines
and my newly reclaimed life. Thanks to all for your supportive
words and many kindnesses!


  1. hi anne,

    so glad to hear from you and that you are doing well.

    i have always wanted to go to new orleans. it is on our list of places to see. thanks for this report and i will keep it in my files.

    thanks anne and welcome back!


  2. Welcome back! I've been hoping you are well with all the changes in your life ... it looks like you've been up to some exciting things!
    I have never been to New Orleans but I LOVE it.
    I have begged my husband for years to just pick up and move there - thanks for all the lovely I want to go more than ever. I would love to be a part of the romance, the history and the fabulous culture ~
    can't wait to hear more about your new life!
    Take care,

  3. What a fun exciting. I have New Orleans on my list of places I plan to go one glad you were finally able to get there yourself. I hope you are doing well, and enjoying all of the changes in your life. Sorry I haven't been by in a while, I've been trying to keep as busy as possible. Hugs-Carrie

  4. What a wonderful dream come true! I think I like the one owned by Sandra Bullock the best. Can't wait to see pics of your new cottage. I am so glad you are happy. ox`kerrie

  5. Ann, it is lovely to see your post. You look gorgeous in the photos...relaxed and happy.

    I hope things are going well for you. It sounds like you are settling well into your new environment. Did your cats make the move with you?

  6. Hi Anne, I have not stopped by in a while so it may take me a bit catch up! I have never been to New Orleans but now I got to see it first hand from you!

    Great post and wonderful "tour" info!

    xx kelley

  7. It's Jackson Square not St. James Square. That is St. Louis Cathedral not St James Cathedral.
    A New Orleans native


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