New Orleans is definitely in the top 3 of international cities I've visited.....number one is still held by Edinburgh, Scotland. Number two is New Orleans. Number three....hmmm, difficult decisions to be made. It's hard to really compare large cities to small cities since what is enticing about them is comparing apples to oranges. Whitefish, MT and Banff, AB are both up there, along with Seattle, London, Brussels, San Francisco and Manhattan. Uggh. No matter. Good times to be had by all. First time experiencing a Hurricane and a Mint Julep, seeing Ann Rice's previous residence (I recently learned she was driven out to the suburbs by the Historical Garden District Women's Society), and actually realizing that there is more architectural history to America than Home Depot and Lowe's....but you'd never know it living in the midwest. New Orleans has been a breath of fresh air to my experience with the rest of the country. I know that the city has bad crime and integration issues...but the beauty and atmosphere of the french quarter and garden district have really taken me by surprise. Why is it that vampires can only exist in cities with masoleums, wrought iron, and french architecture?
"That morning I was not yet a vampire, and I saw my last sunrise. I remember it completely, and yet I can't recall any sunrise before it. I watched its whole magnificence for the last time as if it were the first. And then I said farewell to sun light, and set out to become what I became." - Louis