I flew back to New Orleans and it was Just the way I remembered it. The temperature was 98 degrees and the humidity was so high that reapplying deodorant is necessary down here. The French/Spanish architecture gives It a romantic and mysterious appeal. The alarm was not as fresh as I had wished It was but at least I could still breathe. The alarm smelled of urine that had been there for years. The streets looked as if a tornado had swept litter back and forth through the town. Residents, not only tourists, walked past it as if trash belonged on the ground.
My grandmother picked me up from the airport and we drove back to her house. We graciously embraced each other for what seemed like an hour. I knew it had been a long while since she had seen me. Riding in the backseat of my grandmother’s old beat-up, but still useful car gave me the chance to watch the happenings on the street. Grown men were standing on street corners dealing drugs waiting for addicts to come to get their fix for the day and teenage children were fighting in the parking lot of someone else’s house.
The en thing I do enjoy about New Orleans Is the tranquil, serene elders slating on their porches and stoops glancing back at me. This city looked as If It had been frozen In time. To tell the absolute truth, I swear those same people I saw were in the same place when I left New Orleans 6 years ago. I guess things change, but many people stay the same. Before I even knew it, we were at my grandmother’s house. It is the one place where I know I can relax. It has that small cottage feel to it. There are not only huge oak trees and rose bushes surrounding it, but she also has a small garden waterfall, which implements it nicely.
The moment I walked Inside the house, a feeling of calmness came over me. The worries of going to work and paying bills that would not ever be paid off vanished from my mind. This place Is my absolute haven away from the rat race of the Inner city and when I tire of crowds of people around me. This Is one place where southerners with true southern hospitality exist. My cousin Chastity, who stands a towering 611 accompanied me as I went to see the sights of the French Quarter. Our first stop was Cafe du Monde, a place that makes he best biggest you have ever tasted.
Biggest are sweetened dough Just like donuts, fried and powdered with confectioner’s sugar, which goes best with hickory- blackened coffee. After we finished our meal, I threw some spare change into an old, rusty bucket that was a foot away where two kids were tap-dancing and entertaining the crowd at the restaurant. Our next stop was the French market, a favorite of mine. This place Is undoubtedly on my list, whenever I go come to New Orleans. They sell Jewelry, clothing, purses, candles etc. Best of all, there are no set prices.
Anything you really want, you have to bargain for. This day I bought some cowries shell Jewelry that I could not find anywhere else. It was a steal because I only paid 20 dollars for the haven for some rest and relaxation. If you ever want to go to a place that has it is own personality and loads of culture, you will find it here in New Orleans. From the French Quarter, with its infamous Bourbon Street to the Saint Louis Cemetery with its haunts of voodoo queen Marie Lave, this place is an artistic addicts dream and a party animals fantasy.