So, I drifted down to New Orleans . . . – Bob Dylan
New Orleans . . . what really can one say about the city that hasn’t been said? Well, here’s one attempt.
In late 2013, The Country Reporter took a trip focusing on local contemporary art, food, and the requisite libation.
New Orleans Stops Included . . .
New Orleans is obviously a culinary destination. Whether creole or cajun, contemporary, or nouveau southern, it doesn’t really matter. You’re going to eat some good food there. However, one big surprise in this trip included Peche. A whole fish shared by a table can be a pretty significant social event, especially there.
On the contemporary art portion of the itinerary, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art had a facility and program more than worth an extended visit.
And, outside of any institutional trappings, New Orleans has more than its fair share of colorful and talented local contemporary artist community. What the Whitepoint tour below does not convey are the personalities and cast of arts characters you can find in this one-of-a-kind city. A French Quarter trip is absolutely unnecessary – and arguably not recommended – to discover them.
Katrina, The Elephant in The Room
One goal of the trip was to avoid use of the word “Katrina” if at all possible. Here and there, you can still see direct and indirect effects of the legendary storm. If you choose, you can still tour devastation. But, memories and stories of the storm naturally emerge in the course of friendly conversation. This is perhaps the best way to understand the storm’s effects on the people and their city.
As natural disasters do in all cities, the event becomes part of the community fabric. There are horrific accounts. There are also inspiring insights – into both community and humanity.
In the end, New Orleans remains a strange, interesting, and surprisingly intimate place to visit.
I Give You . . . The New Orleans Tour
Take The Country Reporter’s smart tour here via Whitepoint. 4 Days in #NOLA is broken down into a roughly four day itinerary: