Last Looks and the REAL NOLA

By Heather Toner

New Orleans was fun, there’s no doubt.  The boy and I both felt like it was one of those places we could live in…Though, the weather may be a discouragement.  On our second day we visited Faulkner House Books and picked up a couple poetry books {Walt Whitman and a collection of poems about jazz.} Then we escaped the tourist-filled French Quarter and explored some of its outskirts.  
We rode our bikes to Euclid Records in the Arts District and picked up some tunes for our road trip. We had dinner at a little dive out by the railroad tracks with a patio and a live band playing standards from the 1940’s.  
Then we headed over to Frenchmen Street (where the locals go to hear music) and popped in and out of amazing little bars all night, each showcasing a jazz or blues band.  My favorite by far was The Spotted Cat and the swinging tunes of the Shotgun Jazz Band.  I liked their classic jazz tunes so much, I bought their cd for the trip!  And they had a group of swing dancers, dressed in 40’s garb, who were most entertaining while they played.  
And finally, the evening ended up back where our New Orleans adventure began – Cafe Du Monde.  That joint never closes and let me tell you, beignets at 2 in the morning are something sacred….As long as you don’t think about how many empty calories you’re consuming! 

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