Friday, February 15, 2008

New Orleans - The City of Dreams

This fall I visited New Orleans for the very first time with my husband and daughter. It was a wonderful trip full of beautiful sights, fabulous food, warm friendly people, and touching and poignant experiences.

Above -- The Pontalba apartments in New Orleans near Jackson Square.

Above -- Saint Louis Catherdral and Jackson Square.

Houses along Bourbon Street in New Orleans painted in the traditional colors of salmon pink and green.

My daughter and I awaiting our caffe au lait and beignets at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.

The terrible devastation of Hurricane Katrina was still in evidence in many places, and we felt such sadness viewing that, knowing that the lives of many were lost and for others it will never be the same.

Above -- A house that was completely washed off its foundation from the broken levee flood aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the Ninth Ward neighborhood.

There was still a strong spirit prevelent in the city, however, of the need to survive and prosper again, and we hope that all will be able to soon rise up, rebuild, and flourish.

Above -- A FEMA trailer on a destroyed house's property with testimonial signs about how they strongly want to rebuild.

Visiting the beautiful old sugar cane plantations along River Road which were over an hour's drive away from New Orleans, reminded me that history will always survive to tell a story, and to create an awareness of both the triumphs and struggles of our developing country.

Above -- the magnificent Oak Alley Plantation

The beautiful 300 hundred year old trees leading up the walkway to the front of Oak Alley Plantation.

During our stay I collected quite a bit of promotional brochures with tourist information and sightseeing tours, which I brought home with me as I was so enthralled with the city that I wanted to review everything again. There were so many unique words associated with New Orleans in the brochures that I got the idea to cut them out and make a collage card for my daughter as a memento of our trip, which you can view here:

New Orleans really was a city of dreams. We fell in love with it, and hope to return again someday. So much has yet to be done to help rebuild it after the 2005 hurricane's destruction, and we will continue to contribute to organizations that help, such as Habitat for Humanity and Musicians Village. Please consider helping too. Help to keep the dream alive.


Mermaid Queen said...

Wow, what beautiful photos you took. I've always wanted to go to New Orleans. I like the collage you made, and think it's a great reminder of your memorable trip. ~Martha

The Sporadic Packrat said...

Thank you for giving me the pointer on the Irish Arts Blog. I wold love to send you a little thank you gift. On my blog I said I'd send some embroidery things, but maybe you would prefer something Alaskan? Let me know - Edie of The Sporadic Packrat,, cowgirl53 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Junie Moon said...

New Orleans is one of our favorite cities. We visit it frequently and spent some time there on our honeymoon, staying at the Bourbon Street Inn. We do indeed support charitable efforts to help the city. I'm so glad you were able to visit New Orleans and enjoy some of our favorite activities there, too.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

What a wonderful post~ It is good to see the good times roll!

lisa said...

new orleans is, as you know, one of my favorite places on this earth. having been there before hurrican katrina and then visiting with you after, i can say that while although some of the structures in the city have changed, it most certainly has not lost it's spirit and sense of fun.

and thank you again for the collage, it always will bring back some really great memories.

which reminds me, i'm surprised you didn't mention my lost wallet experience!

Pat said...

Lisa, that story would have taken an entire blog to explain!:-) All's well, that ends well, so it will always be one of our special New Orleans memories.

Diane@A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words said...

Great pics of New Orleans! We are only 3 hours away, and have visited there off and on through the years. My son is a graduate student there now, and loving it. The people from NOLA are very loyal and love their home.
NO has gotten a bad rap often from the news media. My husband and I went to Italy with a group from there...we had a blast!