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“THERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES I LIKE,

but I Like New Orleans better…. Bluebloods, titled persons like crazy drunks, lean weakly against the walls and drag themselves through the gutter. Even they seem to have insights you might want to listen to. No action seems inappropriate here. The city is one very long poem. Gardens full of pansies, pink petunias, opiates. Flower-bedecked shrines, white myrtles, bougainvillea and purple oleander stimulate your senses, make you feel cool and clear inside”. ― Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

THE PAST DOESN’T PASS AWAY SO QUICKLY HERE

“The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds – the cemeteries – and they’re a cold proposition, one of the best things there are here. Going by, you try to be as quiet as possible, better to let them sleep. Greek, Roman, sepulchres- palatial mausoleums made to order, phantomesque, signs and symbols of hidden decay – ghosts of women and men who have sinned and who’ve died and are now living in tombs. The past doesn’t pass away so quickly here. You could be dead for a long time”. ― Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

“EVERYTHING IN NEW ORLEANS IS A GOOD IDEA…

Bijou temple-type cottages and lyric cathedrals side by side. Houses and mansions, structures of wild grace. Italianate, Gothic, Romanesque, Greek Revival standing in a long line in the rain. Roman Catholic art. Sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades- 30-foot columns, gloriously beautiful- double pitched roofs, all the architecture of the whole wide world and it doesn’t move”. ― Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

"The devil comes here and sighs. New Orleans. Exquisite, old-fashioned. A great place to live vicariously. Nothing makes any difference and you never feel hurt, a great place to really hit on things. Somebody puts something in front of you here and you might as well drink it. Great place to be intimate or do nothing. A place to come and hope you’ll get smart – to feed pigeons looking for handouts”. ― Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

EAT & DRINK – too many good places to name, here are a few:

“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” - Tennessee Williams

Kicking off my New Year’s Resolution to travel more with a little impromptu trip to New Orleans!  I try to escape to this magical city once a year to rest, recoup and reevaluate life.  It’s a spiritual place and it’s a moving place.  Once your feet touch the ancient soil you feel alive.  All the music, art, architecture, cuisine and booze rush through you and you feel at home.  The people are wonderful, gracious and warm.

You know the song walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn?  That song (ironically) embodies how I feel each time I step on NOLA ground.  It almost feels like you are in a time machine when you travel to New Orleans, a time machine that takes you far back and out of the country.

I am excited to go back to my favorite place with my bestie.  I’m also thrilled to leave my beanies and sweaters at home and soak in some southern sun.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!