My visit to New Orleans

Well, my employer decided that it would be a good idea for me to attend an event in New Orleans a few weeks ago.  I went because I felt obliged to (like I told my manager after the event), but it was a very productive time and I am glad I went.

Bourbon Street:  I went to Bourbon Street on the first evening.  Some girls seemed to have fun baring their chests for a couple of cheap beads – I mean dirt cheap beads.  The girls also gladly posed bare chested for any young man who requested for photos.  I think this is all fun and games until the photos pop up on unsavory websites, but who am I to ask.  There were people dancing to a street performer and I could not believe their XXX rated moves!  Zambian traditional dances are sometimes considered risqué, but they are G rated compared to what my eyes saw in New Orleans.  [(No, I don’t have photos or videos of the bare bosoms and X rated dances :)]  I visited a couple of jazz bars after this and they had very good music.  However, Bourbon Street is not for me, and visiting once is more than enough for me.

Garden District:  It is very beautiful and the residents seem to have plenty of money.  I saw the house where Peyton Manning grew up and where his parents still live.  I did not know him before this but the tour guide insisted on us knowing it, so there you go.

An example of the trees in the Garden District:

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Mississippi River:  Monday evening saw me going on a Mississippi River cruise.  This was for no reason other than that this is one river I have always wondered about and wanted to see since childhood.  This is all because of a song I heard about the Mississippi River.  The songstress had strong feelings about the river and one of the words that hit me as an seven/eight year old were “Bye bye, my darling.  Hello Mississippi River”.  I couldn’t understand how someone would want to leave another human being and go see a river.

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Katrina/ City Tour:  I went on a tour of New Orleans one afternoon.  I was interested in seeing areas hit by Katrina and hear the narrative from a local.  We saw the superdome where countless people took shelter.  The tour guide said the superdome has been renovated to act as an emergency shelter should another catastrophe hit.  A sizeable area all around it has also been upgraded to block out water from entering the dome. The interchange struck me the most because this was the first place of refuge for people before they continued on to the superdome.  I can’t begin to imagine the terror, helplessness and hopelessness they must have felt.

The dome:

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Too bad I didn’t manage to take a clear photo, but there was a very well made “bedroom” for a homeless person under one bridge, complete with a teddy bear.  One would have thought it was in a house.  Apparently the homeless man has been living at that spot for several years and makes his bed everyday and keeps the area around very clean.  His room is cleaner than my bedroom!

Aboveground Cemetery:  Cemeteries in New Orleans are aboveground because of the high water table.  Families with a bit of money have their own graves like the one below.

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Families short of money are ‘buried’ in these slots (not sure of the correct name).  I found the cemetery visit very interesting.

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Frenchmen Street: I later went to Frenchmen Street the night before I left.  Boy oh boy, what a blast I had.  I thought the first street band I saw was the best band in New Orleans, then visited a tiny jazz club, changed my mind and changed it again after going to another club.  I still haven’t made up my mind as to the best band – it was a tie, I guess.

Café Beignet:  The Café is small but has a lot of character.  I couldn’t sit in the garden because it was too hot.

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I had heard a lot about beignets at this Café and was really looking forward to tasting them.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that these are just fritters that I grew up eating, minus the powdered sugar though.  What a major disappointment.

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Now talk about the jambalaya!  It was the best meal I had in New Orleans.  Simply delicious!

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Now about work – the reason why I went to New Orleans.  It was great, especially one young motivational speaker.  [When I think of the great jazz I enjoyed though, I think work was just an extracurricular activity and not the other way round :)].

The only reason I would return to New Orleans is the live jazz, something I really enjoy.

 

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Harvard Milk
    Nov 21, 2019 @ 20:24:43

    NOLA is an interesting place… here’s my experience:
    http://harvardmilk.com/2019/11/14/water-and-fragments/

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  2. roughwighting
    Nov 20, 2019 @ 17:05:43

    Thanks for giving us this wonderful tour of the places you visited in New Orleans. I’ve traveled there twice – both times for work also. I would not chose to go there on my own, because the extreme nudity and alcohol consumption aren’t impressive to me. The music is fun, and I loved walking among the cemetery (all me strange, but I found it fascinating). Much is over touristy, as you show here.

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  3. YellowCable
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 00:41:28

    It looks like like your trip although it is as part of the work which I also do that too if the work is not too busy. A nice post!

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  4. Lisa Bradshaw
    Nov 14, 2019 @ 19:42:44

    I do love pumpkin fritters tho.. 😉

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  5. anotherday2paradise
    Nov 13, 2019 @ 23:43:54

    Sounds like you really made the most of your visit. Thanks for the detailed account. I found it very interesting. I’ve been there once but never saw any bare bosoms. 😅

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  6. Jill Weatherholt
    Nov 13, 2019 @ 23:13:33

    I like how you think! I’m happy you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for taking us along. I enjoy your photos.

    Reply

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