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Kick off Passport to Louisiana!

Submitted by on March 21, 2011 – 3:00 am6 Comments

Post Written By Doll Desilula:

Hi everyone! I begged to be able to Kick off Passport Louisiana because, well . . . I’m a little obsessed with the state and all the history of it’s cities. Especially one in particular…

Most girls my age that are into the kinds of things I am fancy New York City for all the art and culture, other see themselves as LA ladies, but me…I want to live in New Orleans.

Home in the Bayou

It’s true, I’ve never been there but I have researched the city and all its history. It’s part of the reason I chose to learn French before Spanish. I love the mash up of cultures in the city and am utterly fascinated by the magical lore and history of the people that made the city what it is.

Garden District Mansion

I have spent hours looking at the pictures of the beautiful homes in the Garden District. I’ve searched through oodles of images of the swamps and find them eerily beautiful, and I’ve driven my family crazy with dragging them to Cajun festivals and even won a craw fish eating contest;-).

Cajun Bucket of food

*sigh* I would love to walk the French Quarter and visit the cemeteries taking photographs of the tombs and landscapes. Despite my pleas, my mother sees New Orleans as more of an adult place. She says that if I visited the city now that it’s likely the reality of the city wouldn’t live up to my illusions. She talks of streets that smell like vomit and urine in one breath, but the next she talks of fun, art, jazz and history. So, I guess you could say I’m confused. Until I can go on my own and experience the city with my own eyes I suppose I’ll have to settle for books about NoLa…and there are some great ones!

New Orleans’ Jazz musicians

One day…not far away, I plan on going to the infamous city. I want to get a tattoo there…don’t know why, but it’s my plan. I want to walk all over and see everything myself. I want to take pictures of everything, especially the cemeteries and sit somewhere in the French Quarter and listen to local music.

I also would love to go visit the old plantation houses that are supposed to be haunted by spirits from the Civil War. I bet there are many other places that I don’t even know about just waiting for me to discover them!

What about you? Have you actually been to New Orleans or Louisiana! Is it as magical and interesting as I imagine it to be? Tell me! I really want to know!

Desilula is our resident "Tween" who helps give us insight to all the Young adult and children's books from the perspective of....well...a young adult. She loves to read and write and absolutely hates math! Her favorite books include classics like "Little Women" and "Alice in Wonderland", but she is hip with all the latest young adult books including her favorite, "Hunger Games"! She enjoys hanging out with friends and doing activities like swimming, skate boarding, climbing trees, and performing in plays or musicals. She plays a little piano, and a little guitar (mostly power chords;)) and has played in a band. She loves animals and plans to travel the world someday!
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  • Andrea I says:

    I vacationed there two years ago with my daughter and grandson. It is more of an adult place. My grandson was bored. I stayed at a Vacation by owner rental. He got his convertible out,drove us around the city, showing all the different areas. I would love to go back.

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  • LSUReader says:

    I’m from south Louisiana and am very familiar with New Orleans and the surrounding area. It’s a great city, rich with cultural contributions from France, Spain, Germany and Africa. The restaurants, the Mississippi River, the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, the people, Mardi Gras, the music, Lake Ponchartrain, street cars, the Saints, plantation homes, historical sites…it’s all great. I do hope you get to visit there soon.

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  • Noa says:

    Desi, now I want to move there with you! Brilliant launch for passport week!

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  • Linda says:

    I live there right now! :) The city really is amazing–it's so full of culture and art and music. Very lively.

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  • I love my city! It's friendly and diverse and there's lots to do and see. There's something here for everyone :)

    Thank you for spotlighting Louisiana!

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  • The French Quarter is pretty nasty during Mardis Gras, and even though MG is fun, it's so much easier to enjoy the city during less crowded times of the year. (It's very crowded during Mardis Gras.)
    If the whole family is into historical tours, music, and eating fabulous food, then it's not strictly an "adult place". I loved New Orleans and I hope you get to go soon.

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