Saturday, April 16, 2016
N is for New Orleans #atozchallenge
N is for New Orleans, because like Ecuador, New Orleans the city and culture play a big part in Peril in the Bayou.
I feel like New Orleans is every American's town. Kind of like everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. If you've ever been there, it's probably stayed in your blood. If you haven't, you probably know a little about it from TV, movies, or your best friend's second cousin.
Everyone knows about the city at the mouth of the Mississippi river, Mardi Gras, corrupt cops, prostitution, alcohol, voodoo. You probably even know about the beautiful architecture, the cathedrals, the jazz funerals and the French Quarter. Modern television through True Blood, The Originals, and NCIS:New Orleans all do a good job of depicting, at least, parts of the city and culture.
But did you know:
The first opera ever performed in the U.S. was in New Orleans in 1796? True. It wasn't always the den of iniquity. The opera was Ernest Grétry's Sylvain.
It is believed that the games of poker and craps were both developed in New Orleans. Okay so maybe it is akin to sin city.
Voodoo was first introduced in the U.S. in New Orleans.
When we think of large cities in the Confederacy we tend to think of Charleston or Atlanta. But New Orleans was the largest city of the Confederate States.
Jazz, Rock and Roll and Blues music were all born in New Orleans. Although Memphis would like to claim a few of those.
Because the city actually sits below sea level and the water table is barely under the surface, tombs are above ground in cemeteries so they don't wash away.
Jean LaFitte's treasure is still rumored to be buried there.
The longest continuous bridge in the world is New Orlean's Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. (Pronounced Ponch- a - train)
And if you really want to claim New Orleans as your own, be sure to pronounce it New Or luns, not Or leans.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Monday we will meet and get to know the illustrious New Orleans defense attorney Samantha Orlando.
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