Off to New Orleans & fab Florida... Jaunt.ca deal of day ... Travel TV dream job
I remember the ladies. Most definitely, the ladies.
I was 11 years old the first time I visited New Orleans. I was on a family trip all around the U.S. and the Caribbean, a real crazy family excursion that took us from our home in California to Niagara Falls, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Florida, Jamaica and Louisiana. Pretty wild, eh?
Anyway, the last part of the trip was to New Orleans. I remember the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, I think, and the wrought-iron railings and courtyards and gardens. But mostly I remember walking alongside my Mom and Dad and sister and cousin, Michael, along a dark patch of Bourbon Street, or one nearby street, late at night.
One establishment had loud music and a bunch of beads hanging in the doorway. Behind the beads, I could see an attractive woman with nothing on but a g-string and some pasties on her breasts, which she was proudly showing off as she bopped about on stage.
I recall that was impressed and tried to move past the beads for a better glimpse, only to get horse-collared by Mom, who pulled me back to the sidewalk with an impressive force. And who then laughed, my Mom being one of the great people the world has ever seen and someone with a wonderful sense of humour. My Dad tells me he remembers the story being that I pulled my Mom away as I wanted to protect her. Which is cute. And maybe that's the way it was. Then again, it doesn't much matter, does it? It's a great memory.
She's been gone for some time now, I'm sad to say. But my Dad reminded me on the phone last night that New Orleans was one of my Mom's favourite cities. She loved seafood and good music and loved the same courtyards and gardens and wrought-iron railings that I remember. So I'm looking forward to going back and seeing how I feel about the place. I'm sure I'll feel a little bit closer to my Mom, too. Now, if I can just find that club I saw in 1966...
Normally I try not to blog too much on weekends, but I figure The Big Easy is worth the trouble. So if you're looking for something to read on Saturday and Sunday, check this space for some impressions and photos. Thanks.
After that, I'll be hopping around northern and central Florida for a few days; checking out Panama City Beach and the Panhandle and then seeing what's new down in Clearwater and Dunedin (see photo), home of the Blue Jays' spring training games. After that I've got a couple days in St. Augustine as part of the 2013 Florida 500th birthday celebrations. So stay tuned for lots of blogs from the Sunshine State as well as New Orleans.
TRAVEL+ESCAPE DREAM JOB - AUDITIONS OPEN
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Interested applicants must be 21 years of age or older and can audition online at TravelandEscape.ca/MyTop10Host or by visiting the Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show at the Direct Energy Centre on Saturday, January 26th or Sunday January 27th. Audition hours are 10:30am-12:30pm & 2:00-4:00pm at the Travel+Escape booth on both days. For tickets to the Ultimate Travel show please click here.
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