In New Orleans.
I read a lot of blogs. A lot of them are traveller’s musings. Since New Orleans has a lot of panache, there are a lot of first timers to the city. They mostly stay in the French Quarter and rarely get out to explore the rest of the city. That’s too bad. There is a lot to see in all of New Orleans.
After exploring Bourbon Street, maybe seeing one of the commercial second line parades in the Quarter, eating some Oysters at Acme, and having an order of beignets and chicory laced coffee at Cafe Du Monde, they usually close their post with something like, “Only in New Orleans.”
That’s all well and good. And, hopefully, next time they’ll get out into some of the other neighborhoods that make up the city. Despite the rough patch we are going through with a severe uptick in violent crimes in the city, each neighborhood is about as safe as another. So, you might as well explore a little. Go to Magazine Street, one of the longest shopping streets in the country — one that is largely composed of small, local shops and businesses. You can bring home something really unique to the city, not just a plastic go cup. Ride the streetcar (not trolley — that’s in some other city) around and enjoy St. Charles Avenue, pretty much from start to finish. Go to our two main art museums. Go to our two huge parks; City Park and Audubon Park. Explore the Mid-City area. Take the ferry across the river to Algiers Point. For better local music, go to Frenchman Street, although that’s starting to become French Qaurterized. I could go on and on and on.
Go see stuff that is really, “Only in New Orleans.”
Like this picture. How often to you see a trumpet player walking down the street carrying his instrument just as it is starting to rain.? Yes, there are other great music cities in the country. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco come to mind. But, musicians in those places are a little more buttoned up. They put their instruments in a gear bag. To keep them safe and out of the elements. Not like this guy, whose trombone is out and ready to play at the slightest moment. In case an unplanned second line breaks out.