It's time for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or, simply, Jazz Fest.
We attended the Festival today and will be attending the all-day music festival tomorrow, also.
So, because of the limited time to compose a complete entry, today and tomorrow's accounts will feature scenes from the French Quarter.
Because we have been able to spend an extended period of time in New Orleans, we have had the opportunity to take leisurely walks around the Quarter.
On a couple of these walks, we took time to search out the details--architectural, artistic, and those unique touches provided by Mother Nature and the people who live and work in the Quarter.
The exact location of the details shown here is not important other than to say the scenes appeared in the French Quarter.
The metal sheet on this door reads: "Restore. Safeguard. Member Vieux Carre Property Owners & Associates, Inc."
Some of these details are long-lasting, signifying the passage of many years,
while others represent a continuing struggle against some terrific odds.
But for each sign of the passing of many years, there are touches of color that draw the eye to signs of renewal.
And then there are signs that do not lend themselves to an immediate understanding. While waiting for the shuttle, a group of us saw this male striding resolutely down the street. With nary a look to either side, he continued as though on a mission--oblivious to traffic.
We are two retirees--Chuck, 64, and Kate, 63--who decided to travel the U.S. On June 13, 2008, we began our long-talked-about travels by heading south from our home in Pennsylvania in our Ford 550 and 38’ New Horizons fifth wheel.
Our travel aim is to meet people and go at least "knee-deep" into the culture of several communities. To learn what is important in the lives of the residents of the towns, villages, and farms of America is our primary interest.
When not learning about what people do, we will be (1) sampling the foods that help people do what needs to be done and (2) listening to the music of their culture.
A neighborhood joint or local hall serving liquid refreshment and featuring a jam session with local musicians . . . well, it just doesn't get any better.
We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions of people to meet, places to visit, and "don't miss" neighborhood joints for food and/or music. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org