New Orleans Jazz…

(Canal Street…photo by FBC)

New Orleans is a very unique city in the United States. It has, different from many others, a long European history. Once belonging to the French, then to the Spanish and then to the French again who sold it to the United States, New Orleans is a very rich city, culturally, architecturally and musically…

I love it! I have been going to New Orleans yearly for French Quarter Fest, in February and Jazz Fest, every April or May, since 1999…

The French Quarter…should really be the Spanish Quarter because it was built by the Spaniards…is an incredible place because it has retained its edge. It is not a clean place. Bourbon Street smells of urine, although every morning the merchants clean their portion of the sidewalk with hydrochloric acid. People are allowed to walk around drinking hard liquor. There are live sex clubs which advertise with clear, uncensored photographs at the eye level of a child on Bourbon Street, and no one says anything. This is the French Quarter, and if you do not want your child to see such things then you best not bring your child there. After all the Quarter is not a place for children as the only things you find there are bars, restaurants, strip clubs, prostitutes and souvenir stores. And of course, great Jazz, great Cajun and great brass bands!

It is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in the United States…

I think that there are several cities in the US that truly distinguish themselves from the rest, or from the majority. One of them is, naturally, New York, which in my opinion, captures the pure essence of what the United States really is…or should be…and the others are San Francisco, Miami and very much so, New Orleans…

(Iconic landmark, St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter, photo by FBC)

In New Orleans Jazz, part two, I will feature and talk about the ‘city of the dead”, the Saint Louis Cemetery #1…

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