What is it about New Orleans?

3 Apr

My wife and I made our first trip to New Orleans in 2008, and I immediately fell in love. In the five short years since then, we’ve made as many return trips as we possibly could, returning for long weekends and short vacations.

With so many trips to the Crescent City in a relatively short period of time, a common question from friends is: What is it that you love about New Orleans? I’ve had an answer, but I think this quote from Tom Piazza’s book does a better job than I in explaining my attraction:

“New Orleans inspires the kind of love that very few other cities do.  Paris, maybe Venice, maybe San Francisco, New York…. The list is not that much longer. New Orleans has a mythology, a personality, a soul, that is large,  and that has touched people around the world. It has its own music…its own cuisine, its own way of talking, its own architecture, its own smell, its own look and feel.”

— Tom Piazza, “Why New Orleans Matters”

I’m about one-third of the way through the book, and enjoying it immensely. A review of the book can be found here. Piazza’s own web site can be found here.


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