Music between Raindrops: Return to New Orleans

I have just returned from my second trip to New Orleans in just over two months. I’ve been really fortunate to be able to travel there for work both times. This trip was a bit quieter than my last trip.

This visit was in the middle of Jazz Fest, another large celebration in New Orleans (my last visit was during Mardi Gras, for reference). I did not attend, since it was a fairly pricy event, but I did enjoy some music during my travels. I visited Frenchman street, where most of the jazz clubs are, and it was quite a show to just walk down the street. A street band called the Second Line had a huge crowd surrounding them and people filled the street, where taxis and ubers waited to slowly make their way through the thick crowd. I also went to a swamp pop show at a metal/punk bar called Siberia in the Marigny neighborhood. There were a few bands and swamp pop music was not only interesting (it involved guitars, a keyboard, sometimes an accordion, and drums), but the crowd was a diverse mix of individuals. It was definitely an experience.

 

A really bad picture of the Second Line jazz band through a crowd of people. You can see a sousaphone in there:

 
 

One of my favorite places in New Orleans, the Frenchman Art Market.

 
I took some time to explore by New Orleans myself on this trip. There is something very freeing about solo travel. I went on a bayou tour of the Jean Lafitte National Park just south of New Orleans. I enjoyed seeing the bayou and seeing some gators from the swamp boat. I spent a lot of time reflecting and thinking about life. I have quite a bit going on, but that is for another post.

 

A swamp boat.

  

The gator swam straight towards me.

  

A lovely house on the water. (Not a real house, only for show.)

 
I stayed in a really nice AirBnB for the weekend in the Marigny neighborhood. I had a beautiful space and an absolutely incredible garden. It rained almost every day (sometimes with very strong winds and downpours!) and I enjoyed the rain from my covered area in the garden of my AirBnB on Saturday.

 

Isn’t that a beautiful garden?

 
I also tried a sazerac cocktail, a very popular drink in New Orleans made of bitters, absinthe, and rye whiskey. It was not my favorite and I soon returned to my drink of choice, Jameson. Speaking of Jameson, I will be writing about our travels to Ireland in a blog series beginning soon.

  
All in all, it was another good trip. I’m not sure where  travel will bring me this year, but I’m looking forward to the adventure.

  

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