In Mystery Readers Journal,
Mystery in the American South II:
Make Mine AMausoleum
M. A. Monnin
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Life is an adventure--Live it!
New Orleans is so much more than Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras, and fictional vampires. Walking through the narrow streets of the French Quarter is a great way to experience the city. In addition to the oft-photographed iron balcony railings with overflowing window boxes, notice the wooden shutters that punctuate the fronts of houses. Shutters over windows, shutters over doors, shutters closed against bright sunlight or cold winter wind, each set a different color from its neighbors, adding old-world charm to the 300-year-old American city.
As you walk, you'll glimpse inviting brick courtyards through narrow alleys, and at night see the flickering of gas street lamps. And never very far is a refuge to sit and enjoy either a cup of strong coffee and a beignet, or an alcoholic beverage.
If walking on your own isn't your style, try a tour. We highly recommend the ghost tours. Your guide will most likely have researched true tales of crime and mystery, and let's face it, in a city that's 300 years old, there are plenty of gruesome tales to make you shiver.
The cemeteries in New Orleans are well-worth the tour fee. Crypts are above ground, and range from the simple to the spectacularly ornate. Other tours will take you to see the progress made in Ward 9 since Katrina, the grand houses in the Garden District, and further afield to the swamps, where you might spot an alligator.
Bob and I like the clubs for live music. Frenchman's Street is the place for jazz and blues without the raucous revelry of Bourbon Street. You don't have to imbibe in New Orleans to have a good time, but if you enjoy a well-crafted cocktail, as I do, try the hotel bars. I highly recommend the French 75 at Luke in the Hilton on St. Charles.
Combining our favorites of alcohol and history, at least once each trip we stop at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, one of the oldest structures in New Orleans, located at Bourbon Street and St. Philip. A word of warning: on Bourbon Street, a woman alone will likely get hit on by a Romeo that's had one too many Hurricanes. Travel safe. Travel smart. And remember, life is an adventure--live it!
Next stop: Bermuda!
Did You Know?
No human remains have been discovered in the excavations of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini.
The ancient port city was buried in ash from the volcanic eruption that sank most of the island in approximately 1628BC.
I love to travel, and love learning the history of the places I visit. What about you?