Friday, August 28, 2015

A Decade Later...

Tennessee Williams said, "America has only three cities:  New York,  San Francisco,  and New Orleans.  Everywhere else is Cleveland."   While I could pick a few other great American cities and throw them in the mix, I share his overall sentiment.  Just like I also share Adrei Codrescu's feelings on New Orleans... "How did you fall in love with New Orleans?  At once, madly.  Looking back, sometimes I think it was predestined".  New Orleans is without a doubt one of my favorite cities in the world.  It is, quite possibly, my favorite city in the United States.

I cannot believe it has been 10 years since Katrina hit.  I recall exactly where I was sitting and watching the television for hours as the storm rolled toward that great city.  Of course, like most of us, I was glued to the television watching with horror in the days and weeks that followed.  I didn't get back to the city I love until about 6 months after the storm.  There was still so much devastation.  But as I've gone back over the years, it's been amazing to see the resiliency of the city.

If you are on instagram, I'm encouraging you to follow, or at least take a look at an account I love...

"When you go to New Orleans, you're not just going to a city, you're going to an entire culture." James Carville

"New Orleans makes it possible to go to Europe without ever leaving the United States."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt



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