In 2005 hurricane Katrine hit New Orleans. Close to 80% of the city was flooded due to the affects of the storm and the failings of the levees. In 2008 I took a very short trip to New Orleans and saw a bit of the damage in the lower 9th Ward. Its been nearly 10 years since the storm and there are still so many homes in disrepair. My friend Kate works with Americore to help the rebuilding in St. Bernard Parish and I tagged along with her one of the days I was there.
I don’t know about you but I LOVE summer. The sunshine! The vacations! The clothes! The food! Everything just seems brighter and more cheerful. I’ve gathered together some really wonderful summery images on Pinterest, so come follow along! Here’s to you summer, you wonderful, wonderful thing, you. Please feel free to stay on well into September.
Wow, you guys, New Orleans. The food, the music, the buildings, the people. All of it. I love all of it. I even loved the heat and humidity, which my friend Kate thought was insane. Everything about this city is unique and fun and crazy. The day after I arrived Kate and I hopped a street car into the French Quarter to do a little shopping. We ate lunch at Royal House; fried catfish and jambalaya. We also both tried Sno-Balls for the first time, which is like a southern version of italian ice (aka water ice, if you’re from philly, like me). And I loved it so much that it became a necessary stop any time we saw a stand. And of course we had to stop at Cafe du Monde for some beignets! It was insanely crowded so we ordered ours to go and sat by the window, watching them make the donuts. They were messy but so, so good.
This is 4th of July, New Orleans style. I’ll leave it to the photos to tell the story. Hope your holiday weekend was just as fun… Continue reading
I’m spending this week in southern, hot, sunny New Orleans with my best friend Kate. She picked me up from the airport last Friday (after a harrowing flight through the storm, yikes) and we tried to think back to the last time we saw each other and we realized it had been LAST YEAR at my wedding! Thats the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other, which is a pretty big deal since we’ve been friends now for about 20 (!!!) years.
I’ve been to New Orleans once before, back in 2008, as part of a project to help with the hurricane relief. So I didn’t really get to see much of this amazing city. This time around we’re doing it all. Eating fried catfish, going to festivals, touring the graveyards, and visiting our friend John Goodman’s house (duh!).
I’m a huge fan of the weather here right now. Its hot and sticky and PERFECT for a weeklong vacation from your own dark, cold, cloudy steel city. Kate and I have been scouring the stores and streets (literally stopping people on the street) to find the perfect jumpsuit, but alas, we have found nothing so far. But I’m still dreaming of walking the city streets in a sleek black jumpsuit and straw hat.