One of my favorite books is Charles Kuralt’s America. So sorry if I’ve said this before and am being repetitive. But if I am it’s because that’s how much I love it. In it he spends an entire year on the road enjoying his favorite cities in our beautiful country. He carefully chooses 12 places to spend a full month at the perfect time of year for that place. He spent January in New Orleans. And so, even though my timing isn’t the same, I have come to New Orleans for a small dose of this eclectic and spirited city.
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Bourbon Street is quiet and fairly clean in the daytime, and I have a chance to enjoy it more before lunchtime than I do after dark. Maybe it’s my age, but it isn’t my kind of place when it’s crawling with street hawkers, drunks and scantily-clad girls. In the warm sun and gentle breeze though, I can admire the architecture and history, the mix of Spanish and French influence, and the uniqueness of this place. Where else can you buy a dried alligator head and a tutu all in one store?
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I spend a day wandering through the usual and landmark places – Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, The French Market and the French Quarter, Café du Monde for beignets, and Central Grocery for a Muffuletta.
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A river boat is tied up along the banks of the Mississippi.
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There are streetcars and cemeteries, Hurricanes and pralines, Creole in cafes and café au laits, jazz and voodoo, the mighty Mississippi, and a parade. Thanksgiving parades don’t just happen in New York, I guess.
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Charles Kuralt made a good choice with this one.

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1 comment

  1. I’ll have to add that book to my reading list…thanks for the recommendation!

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