have you ever been to a place that just can't be described and no pictures can do it justice?
for as long as i can remember i've wanted to visit new orleans. i've heard such amazing things about the city -- the music, the wild parties, the history, the architecture, and the people. unfortunately, as soon as i was old enough to appreciate all that new orleans had to offer (mardi gras, bourbon street, hurricane daiquiris, etc.) it was devastated by hurricane katrina. and then life got in the way and i never had an opportunity to visit. but last weekend we were invited to a wedding there and we jumped at the chance to go. rcg used to live in new orleans so he was especially excited to return and show me around.
after the ceremony we had some time before the reception, so we walked up and down bourbon street, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells. and because the french quarter festival was going on, the streets were closed off to cars, so we were able to roam freely. it was here that i realized that nothing i could ever write would be able to describe new orleans. it's a place so full of life and music, and the smells are so distinct that even as i was standing in amongst it all, i could hardly believe it.
i tried to prepare for it all by reading a confederacy of dunces by john kennedy toole, an amazing book that actually does a pretty good job of describing new orleans, but even then i wasn't ready for the craziness and awesomeness of the city.
looking off the balcony at pat o'briens // pat o'brien's hurricane // pat o'brien statue // looking the other way off the balcony down bourbon street
i think the thing i enjoyed the most about new orleans was the music. just walking down bourbon street you can hear all types of music -- drums, jazz, brass bands, bluegrass, etc. -- and all of it's amazing. it just makes me want to dance. the video above is a quick snippet of some of the awesome stuff we got to listen to this weekend.
what's your favorite part of new orleans?