They say New Orleans has the biggest party in the States. It’s true and the parties are on every day, not just during Mardi Gras. If you have never been to French Quarter, you have no idea what crazy means. I guarantee you Vegas and Hollywood can’t compare. It’s like 100 different concerts happening at the same time in just two blocks of a street, free entrance. You’d think life just couldn’t get any better.
However, to every story, there’s always another side. Behind those colorful walls is the deepest sadness and utter horror. Number of the dead buried in this city is 10 times to the living, not sure if millions of slaves who were tortured to death 200-300 years ago are included (NOLA used to be the biggest wholesale market for slaves). Every resident I talked to acknowledges existence of ghosts. We visited the most haunted mansion in the country, once owned by the most brutal human in the world, lady LaLaurie and 2 centuries later by poor Nicolas Cage, whose career went dramatically downhill after he made the purchase. The façade of the building was frightening enough. If you’ve heard of lady LaLaurie, you’d understand what I am talking about. NOLA is a city with macabre history of inhuman violence and therefore cursed. Besides infamous hurricane Katrina and Rita, there has been countless catastrophic fires and floods that destroyed the city again and again. However terrible a disaster is, man’s inhumanity to man is worse.If you ever visit New Orleans, please don’t ignore its history.
May those spirits find a way to forgive.
French quarter. Food is generally pricey and horrible. Do not waste your money on that very well-overrated brunch in The Court of Two Sisters, unless you are curious how bad a pancake could taste. Plus there’s good music on the street, all free. Cafe Amelie was the only place that didn’t fail my stomach.
Magazine Street. If you are a vintage lover, spend one afternoon or even one day to explore. I highly recommend a boutique named Lily New Orleans, their jewelry collection is amazing.
Warehouse District, artsy but not as touristy as French Quarter. It has a great number of lovely galleries, boutiques and cafes. You’ll also find the best Po-boy in Mother’s restaurant on Poydras St.