New Orleans and Ignatius J. Reilly

One week from tomorrow, I’ll be spending spring break with my mom in New Orleans. We’ve been looking forward to our trip and counting down the days.

I would appreciate any tips or suggestions about New Orleans from the readers. We have never been there before, so we want to hear what you have to say. Please comment.

As usual, I will be looking for places to visit or experiences that are not typically had by the usual tourist (though we won’t rule out beignets and mint juleps). Though we will probably do a lot of “touristy” things, I will per usual be on the hunt for a unique experience either on the bayou, in the 9th ward, or on an old plantation outside the city.

The thing I’m most excited about is that my mom and I will be staying at the Chateau Bourbon Wyndham, which from what I hear is the site of the opening scene of one of my favorite books– A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Really it is Shane’s favorite book and he introduced me to it a few years ago in college. I can say it is honestly the funniest thing I have ever read, and I identify entirely with the protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly, despite our obvious differences. Apparently the front facade of our hotel is from the original building of D.H. Homes department store where Ignatius is supposed to meet his mom at the beginning of the story. I can’t wait. Shane will be jealous, so I will post a picture for him to see.

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2 Comments on “New Orleans and Ignatius J. Reilly”

  1. Bill April 11, 2011 at 09:56 #

    A couple of heads up for your New Orleans adventure. Be prepared for the Humidity. It will be warm and humid, especially if walking around the Bourbon Street area.

    There are areas where many artist ply their goods: art, music and the ever present palm readers, soothsayers, etc… Some are worth looking or listening to. They of course accept donations.

    Another suggestion is to visit one or more of the acclaimed restuarants and sample their specialites.

    As you visit the 9th Ward area, shock may be the word of the day. Yes, there are many homes that show what the area experienced with the flood waters. As you are touring this area, your mind may want to visualize what the people tried to do while the water was encroaching on their lives. And also how many made the correct decision.

    New Orleans is like other big cities in the US. It has its areas where people want to visit and experience and it has it’s areas where its’ not a place to visit.

    Hope you and your Mom enjoy New Orleans, “The Big Easy” as it’s otherwise known as.

    • Marisa LaValette April 11, 2011 at 18:35 #

      Thanks Bill! I appreciate your thoughts. My mom and I are definitely looking forward to the Big Easy. This vacation has been a long time coming.

      When were you there last?

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