New Orleans – the city of music

  We drove across Lake Pontchartrain late in the afternoon. The old bridge in the distance was destroyed by hurricane Katrina.

Driving around New Orleans trailering Paradox behind the jeep was quite a challenge. I cannot recommend driving downtown big cities with a sailboat. But seeing New Orleans was one of my dreams on this journey, so no complaints! After some difficulties we did manage to cross the Mississippi River and find a nice motel about 10 miles out of town with parking space enough to unhook the boat and leave it there while we went exploring the French Quarter.

Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans was a must!

After the longest wait in history I finally got a cafe au lait and some beignets. That place is busy!

On every street corner there is music – and they start young. Hurricane Katrina created disasters in New Orleans, but the music never died.

I love the mixture of different cultures in New Orleans.

Crawfish etouffee at Gumbo Shop for lunch. Creole cuisine is just delicious!

Hurricane shutters in the French Quarter surrounding the humble entrance of Preservation Hall founded in 1961 to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz.

The old paddle wheel boat The Natchez is still operating on the mighty Mississippi River, right out of  Mark Twain. It is the only steamboat left in New Orleans.

I hope to return to the city of music and hanging gardens one day.

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  1. maryghorst
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 07:41:39

    Great photos and description of one of my former homes (New Orleans) in the state of my birth! Lived there for ten years when my daughters were young and have loving memories of playing with them at Audubon Park and Zoo, as well as reveling in the food, music, Mardi Gras parades, and taking in the mix of cultures there. Glad to hear that you were able to swing through the city and have some beignets & cafe au lait.

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    • s/v Paradox
      Mar 08, 2012 @ 20:49:51

      Mary, I love New Orleans, the French Quarter felt like home. Sat for some time in the great cathedral just enjoying the big web of life – that we are all connected – and thanking the spirits for this magic stop on our journey. I would like to go there with you some day to see your favorite places. XOXO Hanne

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  2. Ellen Bradley Mills
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 10:30:05

    What a beautiful treat it is, to wake up to view your writings & incredible photography along your journeys…….& your visit to NOLA is so fine! Brings back many wonderful memories of just one day in ’02’ w/my bro, on way back from FL to MT. First time I’d been in Louisiana, just awestruck @ EVERYTHING. Ended up on Magazine St., in this great little deli owned by 2 women, busy cooking and chatting to all. There was a family from France @ table by us, having their last meal there, heading out that afternoon back to France, then a young man sat down next to us, and to show what a small world this is, he spent his growing up years @ his grandparents ranch in Montana! He was then a musician, played clarinet. Then the clouds opened up w/a famous(!) NOLA thunderstorm, and Mike & I should have had hip-boots on to get back to vehicle, because I’d never seen so much water rise so fast in city streets in my life. We were drenched! Ditch the umbrella’s ….. worthless!! Then it was on to the backroads, up to Baton Rouge, I wanted to see “the real Louisiana”, off the beaten path.

    Anyway………..did you know the World Market has the beignet mixes, and the Chickory Coffee, that Cafe du Monde makes/sells. It’s a little bit of work, but oh my, those beignets are SO FINE! Safe journey wishes to you both……your pictures and words have just been indescribably awesome, especially your pic of the bridge in the keys where the Atlantic & Gulf meet, the blues and the power of that picture sent shivers thru me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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    • s/v Paradox
      Mar 08, 2012 @ 21:02:19

      Ellen, thank you so much for your exquisite comment & sharing your memories of New Orleans. I guess Ross and I were pretty lucky with the weather, it was warm with only a few drops of rain, although quite windy. Yes, as you can see, I am in love with bridges and waters meeting. To me they are power places. I treasure your words “the blues and the power of that picture sent shivers thru me” because they tell me I came across with that feeling and it resonated with you. I send much love and many blessings up your way in Montana, Hanne

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  3. Alison
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 11:04:45

    The journey continues ! Love your photos and descriptions, so glad I checked in today, some nice links to check too…. beautiful paintings Ross, love that Great Dane….
    xoxooxoxoxo
    alison

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    • s/v Paradox
      Mar 08, 2012 @ 21:15:51

      Yes, Zora is amazing. She is a rescue dog and now 10 years which is old for a Great Dane. She is huge – Ross said, in between his laughing, that she looked like a minor elephant from his water perspective. She licked his head for a long time and I took a whole series of photos. I would have posted one more for you, but haven’t figured out how to do it in a comment on WordPress.XOXO Hanne

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  4. Jana LaLannne
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:49:49

    Have always wanted to vist New Orleans, so happy for you that you got the chance! Much love to you both!

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