My December trip took me to a city like no other. Colourful Victorian homes line the French Quarter, jazz-filled corridors fill the streets of the Marigny, vines cover homes of grandeur in the Garden Disctrict. The olive blossoms give off a sweet, perfumy fragrance, carried by the breeze, intermingled with the savoury and smokey smells of southern cooking.
Captain Doullut’s Steamboat House #1 built in 1905, sits on the highest point of the Holy Cross neighbourhood of the Ninth Ward, barely disturbed by Hurricane Katrina.
The most beautiful cemeteries are located in New Orleans. The dead are housed in hauntingly beautiful stone structures. The older cemeteries are overgrown with foliage, tombs are filled with cracks, and sun-bleached fake flowers are scattered amongst the graves.
New Orleans is situated on a giant swamp. The muddy waters have been filled in. Brick and mortar replaced cypress trees, making room for what you see above. Not more than 300 years ago, the New Orleans landscape looked a lot like this:
Hurricane Katrina has left a significant portion of New Orleans abandoned. Throughout the city, you’ll find houses and highrises taken away by mother nature.
Despite the devastation experienced by locals, it has not hindered their southern hospitality. We met some of the nicest people on this trip. Hearing the heartbreaking and inspirational accounts of those affected by Katrina was the most provoking part of this trip.