After Katrina: Rebuilding And Renewal In New Orleans

I’ve been meaning to get pictures of our trip to New Orleans up for ages, and just haven’t found the right moment to write about them.  Until now.

Seems a fitting tribute to the resilience and strength of the human spirit that we saw from so many in NOLA to post some pictures of how beautiful areas are, and how far things have come for so many who have been working to rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina.

But don’t let these pictures fool you, there is still a lot of work to be done.

As you’ll see in the video, there is a desperate need for health care and mental health services still in New Orleans. 

I was fortunate to meet Dr. Janet Johnson, who helped found Project Rising Sun, at reader Lindy’s house while we were there.  It’s an amazing community effort to help folks rebuild their inner lives while working to rebuild their own communities as well. One of their efforts has been to work on community garden projects along with the drumming circles featured in the CNN report above, and many, many other efforts as well.

This is just the sort of stepping up within our own communities that makes such a huge difference, one person at a time. New Orleans is fortunate to have them.

We didn’t get out to the Lower 9th Ward or any of the parishes that are still so devastated from the storm while we were there.  It was a desperately needed vacation and we could only do so much in a single trip. 

But, as you’ll see, New Orleans certainly has the power to pull us back for another trip.  We loved it, and I hope you enjoy this stroll in pictures through some beautiful spots all over town.  And, if you are considering a trip at some point, New Orleans is a great place to spend some vacation moolah — I’m just sayin’…

Here’s a picture of Lindy and I at the Cafe du Monde. Lindy’s going to kill me for putting this up, but we had such a wonderful chat that I wanted you to see how much fun we were having.

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Christy and Lindy at Cafe du Monde. Photo by Mr. ReddHedd.

Beautiful walled courtyard garden in the French Quarter, taken peeking through the wrought iron:

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Courtyard garden, French Quarter. Photo by CHS.

We did a walking tour on our own one day in the Garden District, just Mr. ReddHedd and I walking around and soaking in the homes and gardens. It was hot as hell, but breathtaking. We stumbled across a gorgeous home with beautiful diamond-paned windows in a solarium:

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Garden District home with gorgeous solarium windows. Photo by CHS.

This is a stone monument outside the home in which Jefferson Davis died. Had to get a picture of this for you all — it cracked me up. Especially because a British tourist couple who were walking along ahead of us were mystified by it:

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Photo by CHS.

Another beautiful courtyard garden we found down a tiny side street in the French Quarter, on the way to have some fabulous cafe au lait at a little cafe with some gorgeous stained glass artwork in it (wish I could remember the name of this place — it was lovely and had wonderful pastries):

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Photo by CHS.

So many gorgeous balcony gardens in and around the French Quarter. I took this shot on the way to get a muffaletta at Central Grocery — biggest Sandwich I have ever seen, and very tasty. We sat on the embankment levee overlooking the river and ate in the sunshine. It was heaven:

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Balcony garden in the French Quarter.

This bluejay came over to perch atop a statue while we were sitting in the shade in Jackson Square after a breakfast at Cafe du Monde. He thought we had snacks to share, but he was sadly mistaken. Couldn’t resist taking a snapshot:

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Photo by CHS.

The cathedral in Jackson Square towers over everything. We managed to catch it on a day when there was no cloud in the sky — or at least, it sure felt that way. It was gorgeous:

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Photo by CHS.

After Katrina: Rebuilding And Renewal In New Orleans

I’ve been meaning to get pictures of our trip to New Orleans up for ages, and just haven’t found the right moment to write about them.  Until now.

Seems a fitting tribute to the resilience and strength of the human spirit that we saw from so many in NOLA to post some pictures of how beautiful areas are, and how far things have come for so many who have been working to rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina.

But don’t let these pictures fool you, there is still a lot of work to be done.

As you’ll see in the video, there is a desperate need for health care and mental health services still in New Orleans. 

I was fortunate to meet Dr. Janet Johnson, who helped found Project Rising Sun, at reader Lindy’s house while we were there.  It’s an amazing community effort to help folks rebuild their inner lives while working to rebuild their own communities as well. One of their efforts has been to work on community garden projects along with the drumming circles featured in the CNN report above, and many, many other efforts as well.

This is just the sort of stepping up within our own communities that makes such a huge difference, one person at a time. New Orleans is fortunate to have them.

We didn’t get out to the Lower 9th Ward or any of the parishes that are still so devastated from the storm while we were there.  It was a desperately needed vacation and we could only do so much in a single trip. 

But, as you’ll see, New Orleans certainly has the power to pull us back for another trip.  We loved it, and I hope you enjoy this stroll in pictures through some beautiful spots all over town.  And, if you are considering a trip at some point, New Orleans is a great place to spend some vacation moolah — I’m just sayin’… (more…)

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