“If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time.Quote by Tom Robbins, Jitterbug PerfumeLacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm. Somewhere between Preservation Hall and the Superdome, between voodoo and cybernetics, New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being--ever mindful of its personal style.”
The longer I am here and breathe in the scented jasmine, and feel the soft velvet humid summer nights caressing my skin, and hear the beat of city of jazz, lively and constant, I realize that this city is an art installation....the art of food, music and culture. One cannot just observe in New Orleans, though you may try,....no, you become a part of this mysterious city, it draws you in and holds you tight.
I remember when Hurricane Katrina damaged the city so badly, there were those who thought it couldn't and shouldn't be rebuilt, but they didn't realize New Orleans would never even consider their thoughts...it was here, it will always be. It is the impossible city, a city built where no city should be, but is. If you can ever come do and you will leave with a part of your soul forever changed. New Orleans with love, Betsy