Hard to believe it but this past week was Mardi Gras week yet again. Tuesday was Fat Tuesday. Happy Fat Tuesday, y’all!
I’ve been kind of busy and tied up with so many things, hardly time to celebrate this year. I did have opportunity to have some King Cake a couple of times this past week (no, unfortunately, I did not get the baby) and, of course, I have fond memories of being in the ‘Quarter for celebrations past. I do miss going out that way and hope to get back someday. In the meantime, I celebrate by sharing some images, this from Bourbon Street at night, this one a paint with light abstract style piece, which is available over on Carol’s Little World here.
During the pandemic when travel was limited, I used to sometimes sit and remember my time in New Orleans very fondly. It’s such a beautiful city, I love visiting. I love the culture, the food, the people, the vibe of it all, and every time I feel as if I am counting the days until I get to go back again. It’s that kind of place. I’ve written about it before but somehow it seems even stronger since the pandemic and isolation.
New Orleans almost seems like a living museum to me. In a lot of ways, it is just that. It’s a record, sometimes just a visual record really, of migration, immigration, the days of shipping, the days of the Civil War, the days of the River boats and delta. It’s settlers making a new home, migrants infusing their culture into a new place, the rich tapestry of the American Dream, and the richness of the Southern culture all rolled into one. These days, so much new is happening in the world, it’s hard to believe a city like New Orleans still stands. It’s like a reminder of how we were, who we were, where we’ve been, and maybe even a little hint and where we are going to go next. An interesting place for interesting times, in many ways that’s what New Orleans is.
You can see more of my work from New Orleans here. It’s a small gallery from this wonderful place. I hope you have a wonderful Mardi Gras week and enjoyed a wonderful Fat Tuesday, even if you never visit the French Quarter or experience New Orleans for yourself. Please enjoy a virtual visit in my New Orleans Gallery.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)
Until next temps…