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Weekly Photo Mojo: From a New Orleans Marching Band Perspective.

A lot of elements combine together to make New Orleans one of my favorite cities I’ve ever been to, but the most prominent has to be the music. At its heart, New Orleans is a place that thumps against your heart with the sound of tubas, raises the hairs on your skin with the song of saxophones, and gets your feet jiving to the tune of trombones.

And the most cliché and accurate representation about the New Orleans musical vibes is their marching bands. Every weekend throughout the year, you’ll find brass marching bands bobbing and sliding and strutting down the streets in front of a parade of people celebrating a wedding. So I thought I would give you the perspective from these musicians and the fun they bring.

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Weekly Photo Mojo: New Orleans Expressed in One Picture.

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the United States for many reasons, and a few of them can be summed up by this one photo.

As I was wandering the streets, my attention was suddenly drawn to a woman walking down the street. No, it wasn’t because my male instincts were checking her out (I’m sure she is very pretty) but it was the 1950’s style dress she wore.

It suddenly felt as though I had time traveled. The French style architecture i the houses that lined the street, the brick factory on the left. Take out the cars and give this a sepia tone and you may not be able to tell which decade it was from!

New Orleans hasn’t aged a bit…and that is a good thing.

New Orleans Architecture

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Have you been to New Orleans? Can’t you feel that vibe everywhere?

Weekly Photo: Sunning Sunrise over a New Orleans Cemetery.

As we creaked out of New Orleans on the Amtrak Crescent train, we happened to stop beside this massive cemetery just as the sun was crawling over the horizon and flooding through these above ground crypts. All I can say is – hauntingly beautiful.

Recently I took a trip down to New Orleans for a wedding, and subsequently fell in love with this lively city. I was aching to visit the above ground crypts and vaults that New Orleans is known for, but unfortunately I didn’t have time while I was there.

We weren’t supposed to stop beside the cemetery, but I’m glad I could catch this stunning sight. AND I even had time to take HDR photos! Was it because I tweeted Amtrak disgruntled that I couldn’t film from the rear car of the train? I’d like to think so.

New Orleans Cemetery at Sunrise
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Why I am So Damn Excited to be in New Orleans.

Ever since I was a young boy, I have been drawn to New Orleans. There is something about the city that I am pulled towards; a vibrant energy that calls to me every time I see photos of it, or like a siren song calling me when I hear jazz music in the streets blaring out lively tunes.

Growing up, it was regular to hear similar tunes blaring out of the old stereo, and I couldn’t go a week without my father calling me downstairs to listen to “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals.

That bar room in the basement; old records along the ceiling, brass and stained-glass bar lamps giving the space a warm glow. Those were my favorite times with Pops; a smile on his scruffy bearded face as he rigorously searched through tapes, CDs, and vinyls to find something next to play.

As the Crescent Amtrak train slowly creaked out of Union Station, there was that old familiar strum of the guitar and the soaring organs that came on my playlist. A knot formed in my throat, a smile took over, and the sense of adventure filled me as the 26hr train journey began to a place that I have always wanted to visit.

“There is a house in New Orleans,
they call the Rising Sun.
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy,
and god I know I’m one.”

Home Sweet Home

Even though I have never been to “The Big Easy”, over the years I have watched enough television shows featuring the city, seen enough photos, and heard enough about it to give me an insatiable curiosity for it. Or maybe it’s the food. Either way, I thought I would list out a few things I am most excited to experience on my brief visit.

 

THE HISTORY
New Orleans oozes history. After the city was founded in 1700’s by a french chap, it’s continuously been one of the largest and busiest port cities of the United States. In it’s heyday, New Orleans was the third richest city in the Union, a strategic port during the American Revolutionary War, the birthplace of Jazz, and much more historical awesomeness.

 

THE FOOD
Beignets. That’s all I have to say really. Fried bread puffs with powdered sugar, can you get any more heavenly than that? Apparently so. New Orleans is world-renowned for its culinary diversity; Cajun and French Creole, hints of Spanish influence, and sprinkled with the Irish and German immigrant history. It is a hodgepodge of tantalizing world-flavors and I cannot wait to indulge. And gain a tasty 10lbs.

Beignets

 

THE MUSIC
I know I already mentioned it was the birthplace of Jazz, but I had to reiterate. Plus, anybody who has visited tells me that musicians are on every street corner playing a tune. Who doesn’t love street performers? If you don’t…well you dislike happiness then…

 

THE SOULS
New Orleans is said to have a soul different from any city. At the same time, New Orleans is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States. With over 200 years of history ranging from pirates to slavery, the cities is a hotpot for the paranormal. I LOVE anything involving spirits, hauntings, and ghosts, and I intend to go in search of some.

 

THE PARTY
You can’t hear New Orleans and not think of Mardi Gras or Bourbon Street. I mean, seriously, it has a street named after one of my favorite liquors. Though Mardi Gras is passed and I have no plans to party TOO hard, I will be checking out the nightlife.

 

THE CULTURE
With the mix of French, Haitian, Spanish, Irish, German, and African cultures, New Orleans has created one of its own. This mash-up is extremely potent as you walk around and see Catholic statues just feet away from Voodoo shops.

I will be making detailed posts about all of these topics after I have a chance to explore this exciting and diverse city so subscribe on the left hand widgets and stay tuned!

Have you been to New Orleans? Any recommendations?