I should add “Part-1 of (n)” because I took so many pictures that I wouldn’t dare put them all out here today. I haven’t yet solved for (n), but I have a plan. I need to do some research before I know if the plan will come to fruition.
I was in New Orleans last week. It was only my second time in the city, but I knew that if I wanted to get photos of doors on Bourbon Street, I needed to get out in the morning. I left my hotel room at 6:45 am, for a 15 minute walk. My strategy had a few flaws:
A lot of the doors were hidden behind hurricane shutters. Still, some of those are nice, and I think the buildings are amazing, albeit, when you get up close, many are in serious need of some TLC.
The sidewalks were often blocked by trash bins.
The sidewalks were sticky, and I really don’t want to know why. I’m going to assume – beer.
I was trying to avoid trying to take photos between customers entering, exiting and standing, but I didn’t realize that deliveries would be happening early.
I’ve curated a group of doors today that fall into the category described by the title. I have a few doors that I think I can dredge up enough history on that I can feature by themselves, and I have enough photos of non-Bourbon street doors to fill at least one other post.
New Orleans is an amazing city. There is a ton of history between the lake and the river, and more than enough places to eat and drink. The combined French-Spanish-Pirates-&-thieves-Creole-Voodoo and just plain southern heritage lends a rich and risqué element to almost everything.
Visiting New Orleans, both times, I was warned about the dangers of the city. I can say that I was out pretty early for these photos. I was also out mid-day and late at night. Well, my late night, not New Orleans late night. I’m not really sure where New Orleans late night ends and whether it’s before or after when my early morning begins, but I’m sure it’s after my late-while-traveling bedtime. I met a lot of locals. Most were nice, and the odd ones weren’t any odder than the odd folks in Hartford, Boston or New York. I had a chance to talk to some local folk on the plane, at a bar, in a restaurant and they all seemed like wonderful people.
I was in New Orleans for an Information Management convention. Event activities began early and ran late. Given the above-mentioned late-night considerations, I didn’t actually spend a lot of time doing touristy things in the city. Although no doors are involved, I did participate in one New Orleans tradition that I thought was pretty cool. It turns out that anyone can have a parade in NOLA. The organization that I belong to, AIIM International, had a parade. About 800 infoGeeks gathered in front of our hotel and followed a police escort and a marching band around the block and into the event party.
Enjoy the photos in the gallery. This post, and those photos are part of Norm Frampton’s energetic series called Thursday Doors. If you want to participate, or if you just want to see more cool doors, hop on over to Norm’s page. Check out his door(s) and click the blue linky thing.