A locals perspective of New Orleans

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A locals perspective of New Orleans Dec 12, 2011
As one of the most unique, colorful and vivid cities in America,nothing comes to mind when one thinks of Louisiana more so than the city of New Orleans(The Big Easy) which is easily the states most popular attraction.From the huge oak trees that shadow St. Charles Avenue in the uptown district to the bustling streets of the always lively French Quarter there's always something new to see and do around every corner of the city.Perhaps one of the major reasons New Orleans is so different from its surrounding southern cities is its almost Caribbean like culture as well as its French/Spanish architecture that dates back to the early 18th century.Of course while most individuals who have never been to the city will have the perception that it's little more than a non stop party town the reality is that New Orleans is still on a road to recovery after the dark days of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.More than six years later after all of the rebuilding and recovering there is still much work to be done.Stores,Movie theater's and other former business's still remain untouched and boarded up.Entire neighborhoods have yet to be repaired,the former homes of many people who once lived in them sit in a ghostly silence completely abandoned and forgotten.The point is that when you visit New Orleans you have to come here with a mindset that carries sensitivity and compassion for the devastation that brought the city to it's knees and all but killed it's spirit.You have to realize that the Big Easy is a contradicting city that contrast rich from poor as well as black from white.Even so with all the flaws it may have such as crime and poverty in select areas the truth is that there's simply no other place on this earth like it.The diversity of its people,the unique blend of it's great tasting food and it's soulful music all have a contributing factor.A visit to Cafe Du Monde on Decatur street for some coffee and beignets is a must.Also you can hop aboard a trolley for an interesting viewpoint of the city,visit the Aquarium of the Americas/Audubon Zoo,take a stroll in City park,listen to music in one of the many jazz clubs,explore one or more of the many museums,or watch a sports team play in the Superdome/Arena.The best thing about New Orleans for me personally is the atmospheric mood that it carries.There's just something magical about the area,an unseen energy that flows through it's streets and around it's corners.It's always with you wherever you go and by nightfall it's at it's best.Spectacular scenery follows when the outdoor post lights turn on and the many vibrant colors come to life forming a scene that is reminiscent of a collage painting.I suppose I could go on and on but the most important message i want to send is that even though we are still recovering from the past the people of this region are highly resilient to any given obstacle big or small.It's because the strongest steel is forged from the hottest fire.The storm gave not only New Orleanians a wake up call but every one else within the region a reason to work together in unity to strive to become better than before, to give our city the recognition it deserves,to propel it to a new never before seen level of greatness for not only the present to experience but for future generations to come.Here it's all about having an indomitable spirit.It all starts with the heart,the heart of a city....
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