7.11.2009

i can show you better than i can tell you...

i should have known it would be easy to fall in love in a place like this.

vintage everything...




truths wrapped in myths wrapped in mysteries...






good times and debauchery



juxtaposed with sheer architectural beauty...





the pleasures & pains of the ancestors*






and the cultural triumphs of their descendants





please trust me when i say i will return. within hours of my arrival, new orleans found her way to my heart and made herself at home.


*the current site of the omni new orleans hotel used to be known as the st. louis exchange hotel. slaves were sold there. the second photo is a detail of congo square.

4 comments:

Cheron L. Hall said...

Wow...I'm so jealous...I have never been to New Orleans...what was it like visiting Mam'zelle?

Filho de Logunede said...

I visited Nawlins in 2003 and loved it. That last carnival costume looks very Baron Cimiterie.

mindful said...

Definitely a spot on my list of travels... I'm glad you enjoyed your stay there. Beautiful pictures too.

ms. bliss honeycomb said...

@cheron - it's an amazing city. you can see the underdevelopment and what not, so i can see why people feel the need to move out and/or move on from it. but the culture, the food, the people...it gets in your blood almost instantly.

mamzelle's tomb was rather crowded, as expected. couldn't get a really good feel, but the cities of the dead are amazing to witness.

@filho...you're not lyin. i walked past it and it felt alive. many of the costumes did. they're all completely handmade, so you can just imagine the axe in them.

@mindful...thanks. i think that it's a must-see place for black folks, given all its connections to the ancestors.