Trip to New Orleans
Bacchanal, New Orleans This retail wine shop in a funky Creole home has an accomplished kitchen and relaxed courtyard, all set at the far edge of the little-visited Bywater neighborhood. Select a bottle (at retail pricing) or buy by the glass in the pleasingly disheveled main shop, then head for the wire spool tables outside and order some bites to go with it.
A Brief History of Mardi Gras: The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to Medieval Europe, though we have no written record of how that really transformed into the current Mardi Gras of today. But the origins of the Mardi Gras we celebrate today....with Kings, Mardi Gras colors, and brass bands....are traced to New Orleans.
Pompo Bresciani is a photographer who beautifully captures New Orleans. When he pinned this image he said "Esplanade Ave in New Orleans is one of the hardest place to photograph. Trees and cars all over and lots (too much contrast) I think I did pretty good with this!" --He 100% did pretty good with this shot.
Marie Laveau's resting place, New Orleans - Marie Catherine Laveau was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo renowned in New Orleans. Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, also practiced Voudoun, as well as Voodoo. She and her mother had great influence over their multiracial following. Photo by Heather Mitchell - Jan 22, 2012 via Picasa