October 11, 2009

Laissez le bons temp roulez - New Orleans

Raine and I went for a short vacation in New Orleans, LA. We found a sweet little hotel called Le Richelieu, on the far side of the French Quarter. From there we wandered the streets of the Quarter soaking in the great architecture, food, music, history and culture. New Orleans has always been my favorite American city (beside Madison) and I've been there 5 times now. I love the gritty and sometimes, smelly city filled with history, nooks and crannies. One day we did a plantation run along the Mississippi. The Oaks Alley Plantation was, as you can see just stunning. What a dichotomy of people and a way of life. It was a very thought provoking visit to walk through slave quarters and see and feel the way African Americans lived in the South and were treated. As a Northerner and descendant of several Civil War Veterans, I felt a new bond with my great grandfathers who left their little non-plantation Wisconsin farms to fight a war of justice and freedom.
Another day, Raine and I went to the Voice of the Wetlands music festival in Houma, LA. What a great little small town full of great people. The festival raises awareness and funds to prevent the continued wasting away of Louisiana coast lands due to river management, oil production and farming practices. I think it was like several acres of land go underwater every day. Most of southern Louisiana will be lost by 2050 if nothing is done. All the cajuns will be moving north. Pictured above was the awsome Alligator Piquant Sauce the volunteers were selling at the festival. Raine and I loved it!
Last day in New Orleans was another hot and steamy one with temps in the 90s. It actually felt pretty good knowing that we were leaving for frigid and frosty Wisconsin.

To see more photos from our trip - follow the link below.

It was really nice traveling with my daughter and experiencing New Orleans through her eyes.

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