Jon Batiste's "Freedom." Batiste’s song is so-o NOLA. From the locales in the video to the jazz music born there to Batiste’s energetic dancing. The video evokes all the fun we had in New Orleans (especially Bananas Foster) and our train adventure. I hope Batiste’s song makes your feet tap, if not make you jump… Continue reading Dancing in NOLA
The practice of Voodoo is probably as old as the African continent itself. Sometimes written Voudou, Vodou,or Voudun,the word itself means God, Creator, or Great Spirit. It has been greatly distorted and misunderstood. Human sacrifices, vampires, dripping blood and devil worship all make the stuff of spooky novels and Hollywood movies. Yet none of these… Continue reading Did You Know?
Rue is French for Street...Bourbon Street Rue Bourbon is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Bourbon Street is in the French Quarter in NOLA. For at least a couple hundred years the French Quarter and Bourbon Street have been a welcoming point for tens of thousands world travelers. Today Bourbon Street is… Continue reading Did You Know?
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1818. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. The carnival season in New Orleans begins on January 6, with the ball of the twelfth-night-revelers. Mardi Gras was observed in Louisiana before the founding of the city of New Orleans. The first masqueraders held their celebration on February… Continue reading Did You Know?
Life Might Be Like Riding a Train I was looking back on my train vacation to New Orleans. We rode four trains over six days, essentially making a grand loop of the western half of the U.S. I thought I’d share my “notes to self for next time” with you. 1Be sure to pack the… Continue reading Life Might Be Like Riding a Train
The French Quarter Vex Care or Vieux Carré, is the French term for Old Square The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest Neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. It was founded as a military-style grid of seventy squares in 1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville. The French Quarter of… Continue reading Did You Know?