Sunday, September 13, 2009

Street Corner

I don't know about you, but I am sure glad Chicago Week is over. I am not sure what I was thinking about doing a week on a place I do not like. So, this week we move somewhere that I am interested in . . . New Orleans. This picture was taken in 1936, and shows a street corner in New Orleans.

I find New Orleans to be a very interesting place. There are things I really like about it, and a few things I don't care for. First, I am very interested in the South, and old things. Well, that makes New Orleans a very interesting place for me. I love the old Southern Architecture, and feel of the city. In the French Quarter, there is an Antique Shop filled with incredible Civil War antiques like Colt revolvers, swords, uniforms and so forth. The shop also has things like original cased dueling pistols. A place more like a museum, but where you could purchase what you wanted. Then, there is also the Confederate History museum. Definitely the best Civil War museum that I have ever visited. It is full of incredible historical items. Across the street from the Confederate museum is the D-Day museum, another amazing military history place. I also like the food in New Orleans. I enjoy eating at the Commanders Palace, which has the best bread pudding I have ever tasted. I like the people of New Orleans, and the way they talk.
OK, a few things I don't care for. There is this overall undercurrent in the city of debauchery. You are walking around the French Quarter, and there are a number of burlesque types of establishments. Also, there is this overall undercurrent of sort of a Voodoo culture. That kind of gives me the creeps. You are walking down the street looking in stores, and then you end up in one that sells ground snake parts, skulls, and spell books.


  1. Would be New Orleans without the things you mention. That's what makes it what it is. Was down there in '73 and loved every minute of it.

  2. +JMJ+

    Debauchery hardly makes a city what it really is . . . NYC was SO much better after Guiliani cleaned it up.
    I would love to see the D-Day museum--didn't know about that one!

  3. Are those interesting places/museums still there after Katrina?

  4. Marie,
    The two museums are across the street from each other. The flood waters got very close, but both were unharmed in the huricane.

  5. A lot of the debauchery in New Orleans comes from the tourists.
    A lot of the voodoo junk you see is aimed at tourists - similar to the Haight Ashbury Hippie boutiques in San Francisco. I suspect the real followers of voodoo are not publicizing it, and there aren't enough of them to be really creeped out by it.
    The really serious problem in New Orleans is crime, mostly black on black crime. A sorry state of affairs.
    I have a lot of friends who live in the Slidell area across the lake from New Orleans. I like the people and the food, but not the climate.

  6. I always wanted to see New Orleans before Katrina!

    Lizbetter, there are a number of New Yorkers like Tony Bourdain who dislike the "Disney-fication" of New York, though of course it isn't debauchery that personifies New York but its rough, tough, and hard to impress character. Personally, speaking as a visitor, I'm glad it was cleaned up by Guiliani as well. I feel safer getting around that amazing city!

  7. Ahhhh yes! The city of my birth; where I was born and raised... PJM, all you say is true, great people, we do talk a lil different. (Of course Texans tend to speak the Queen's English!!) Lots of interesting traditions, but the people and the food will keep New Orleans unique. Haven't lived there for years now, but still visit "Da Quawtah" each time I return. Am enjoying this week's feature.... love your site, kj