Ah the joys of traveling. Just spending each day in the peace and freedom of just living and experiencing each moment for what it is. This is what I live for.
Relaxing in New Orleans
Whilst others are going about their stressful days, stuck in traffic jams, going to jobs they hate, and dealing with everyday problems, we’re spending time appreciating walking the streets in the fresh morning air and watching the world go by. I was standing listening to buskers jazz it up in the park with a New Orleans favorite “Down By the Riverside” when it suddenly struck me that people were actually working today or stressing about problems and missing out on all this fun!
Today was one of those relaxing days of just being one with the city of New Orleans.
Wandering through the French Quarter in New Orleans
We were up early for a coffee and pancake breakfast, a walk along the riverfront and a wander through the streets to watch the city start its busy day. I love the relaxed feel of the French Quarter. It really reminds me so much of Asia. There’s the bustle of work going on around you yet it’s so relaxed, carefree and friendly. Delivery truck drivers stop to share photos with you of their children, elderly visitor information volunteers take the time to tell you all about hurricane Katrina, and tourists hand over their walking tour maps in order for you to have a more informative experience.
Traveling just brings out the best in people, it makes me feel hopeful about the world and lets me pretend for awhile that this is how the world really is- full of happy, friendly, caring people.
New Orleans Historic Garden District
We felt brave enough to venture outside the French Quarter today into the scary world beyond Canal Street. Kalyra was most excited to catch the tram (street car) to the Garden District where we walked around in the fresh sunshine to just appreciate the beautiful historic homes. We saw the house where President Davis died, although I’m not too interested in the history of these places. I more likely to imagine the social parties and life that was lived inside the walls for many years.
Enjoying the entertainment
We then roamed the streets of the French Quarter, took in some more of the life on the streets, and enjoyed all the street entertainment from its buskers, to court jesters, the Tin man and Abe Lincoln’s card tricks.
The most entertaining of all though was Kalyra’s singing and dance show in the park. She had many park dwellers enthralled with her ballet moves to the pipe players and her high pitched singing of her own made up tunes! Traveling with Kalyra has turned out to be a pretty easy thing to do; she brings a whole new aspect of joy to it. She fits right in and seems to love it just as much as us. In fact she even had us move out of the park back to the party streets as she wanted to dance to the music.
What a beautiful relaxing last day in New Orleans with my family. New Orleans definitely grew on me. It reminded me a lot of Asia and Australia, two very relaxed and friendly cultures that I love so much. You don’t have to spend a fortune when you go either, most of the fun comes from just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere, just the way we like it!
More posts about New Orleans
- The Journey to New Orleans
- First Impressions of French Quarter New Orleans
- New Orleans Seeps Into our Skin
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