If there’s one thing that people associate with New Orleans as much as great food, it’s great music. Talented musicians abound and it’s difficult to walk very far without being impressed. These pictures are but a glimpse into the music we experienced during our stay.
Music at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
A brass band at a bar on Frenchman Street – a two block stretch of clubs and bars that comes alive with music at night
Washboard player in a Zydeco band on Bourbon Street
I’d like to continue New Orleans Week here on my blog with a subject that is very close to my heart: food. New eating experiences are one of my favorite aspects of travel, so I was particularly excited about sampling the world famous cuisine of the Crescent City. The food of Louisiana is a blend of French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, and even Chinese traditions, creating food and flavors that are truly unique. The choices for classic Louisiana dishes are near limitless in New Orleans, and I tried to sample as many as possible. To catalog some of the delicacies I experienced: gumbo, jambalaya, cracklings, red beans and rice, and Gulf oysters on the half shell ($1 a piece and the largest I’ve ever had), along with everything you see pictured below. Needless to say, we did not go hungry during our stay.
First meal in New Orleans at Ignatius Eatery
Shrimp Po’ Boy
Catfish Po’ Boy
Central Grocery – An old-fashioned Italian-American grocery store
Home of the Original Muffuletta
This 24 hour coffee shop is famous for its chicory blended coffee and French-style beignets
An obligatory Hurricane
Slim Goodies Diner – an amazing breakfast spot in the Garden District
French Quarter Signs
In honor of it being Fat Tuesday and the week of Mardis Gras, I’ve decided to publish a number of posts of pictures from a trip to New Orleans that never found their way onto this blog for some reason.
Back at the end of August 2011, while the east coast was preparing to battle Hurricane Irene, Ashley and I were enjoying a hurricane extended stay in the Big Easy. New Orleans had long been at the top of my list of domestic destinations to visit, so with my brother Michael living there at the time, and a friend graciously offering up her apartment in which to stay, it was the perfect opportunity for a visit. We arrived in the evening, and after a few introductory cocktails Bouligny Tavern, we retired early in order to be ready for our first adventure early the next morning, a tour of Honey Island Swamp about an hour outside of the city. Our guide, a swamp bred Cajun named Captain Ted, led us deep into one of the best preserved swampland habitats in the United States. We encountered birds, racoons and plenty of gators while cruising through the beautiful yet unforgiving environment.
Dead Slow – No Wake
Spider in the Boat
A curious family of raccoons that followed us along the swamp bank
Captain Ted feeding Big Al, a 13 foot alligator
There is currently a storage warehouse fire in my neighborhood that has grown to 7-alarms. Since the warehouse stores primarily paper documents, the fire is expected to last for WEEKS!!!! I decided to wander down to the scene today to take a look. Cleanup crews are working to remove the charred debris littering the banks of the East River, while the FDNY continue to struggle to extinguish the blaze from both water and land.
Debris From the Fire
Once upon a time there was a feature on this blog called “The Weekly Round-Up” where I would dump my favorite photos from the previous week. In the spirit of trying to revive this blog, I figured I would resurrect this series, however not necessarily on a weekly basis. So here’s a regular “Photo Round-Up” of some shots dating back to summer of 2014.
Some Sort of Mexican Related Parade
Air Conditioning Grate
Grand Central Terminal
It’s been about a year and half since I traveled to Turkey, and I still have a great deal to share from the journey. I’ve previously posted photos from our Blue Cruise (see here and here), and this will be the third and final entry from that incredible experience.
Our final night aboard the boat was spent just off of St. Nicolas Island. Located near the Turkish city of Fethiye, the island is scattered with churches and ruins dating back to between the fourth and sixth centuries AD. The final morning of the cruise we were given the opportunity to explore the impressive ruins, and take in the spectacular views.
Local Mechanics Repairing Our Anchor – Earlier in the day when our captain attempted to raise the anchor so that we could make our way to this location, everyone was quite surprised when the anchor wouldn’t budge. It took a combination of crew members and passengers to pull the incredibly heavy anchor off of the sea floor so that we could proceed. Luckily, these guys were nearby to get the anchor back in working order, chain-smoking all the while.
Gözleme Prepared Boatside
Hiking Around St. Nicholas Island