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
Our visit included a day spent wandering
through the narrow, crowded streets of the
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
we encountered on our journey.
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!
where we stayed on Magazine Street.
the notable and the noteworthy.
This lovely is owned by Sandra Bullock.
Iron, brickwork, and lush greenery define the Garden District.
Our walking tour of the Garden District included a trek
through Layfayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans'
famous "cities of the Dead."
and gated openings, only one of which was open.
There is one way in and one way out.
like myself. I can't help but wonder if this is merely a guise for him,
if he sometimes occupies other shapes or forms.
seemed a sweet momento to me.
cemetery. It has appeared in several movies,
including Interview with a Vampire.
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.
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!