Explore This! New Orleans, Louisiana

Filed in Uncategorized Posted on June 13, 2011 @ 12:07 pm 8 comments

 Recently, I’ve been reading Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, which features Meghan Chase, a half fey princess that hails from some unknown place in Lousiana. On her way to saving both faery and human worlds, she makes a stop in New Orleans. This is one place that has always been on the top of my must see list! I romanticize about the cajun food, the French Quarter, and the langurous sounds of jazz playing somewhere n the background. Though weather has treated this city poorly, especially in the last ten years, it is a place where I think you would feel like time has stood still…or at least there’s no need to rush it.

New Orleans site towards the end if the Mississipps River,
lends itself to beauty as well as bad weather, But it also a great place to
end a ride on a riverboat (see below).

Cafe du Monde

The sun beginning to set over New Orleans…and that has
to be when the real fun begins!

The architecture is reminiscent of earlier Southern styles that
enhances my romantic vision of this place.

They call Paris the ‘City of Lights’, but New Orleans must come close?
“Life for me is a riverboat fantasy…” (David Wilcox)

No doubt, the Lafayette Cemetery has many rumours of spirits still roaming its grounds.

Of course, Mardi Gras is probably the most celebrated reason for tourists to visit.

Whether an up tempo beat for a party or a slow lament for a funeral,
Jazz music is a must listen while visiting New Orleans!
Many other books take place in this magical place, like those written byAAnne Rice as well as her son, Christopher Rice. Can you think of any others?
And, one more question: Who’s coming with me?

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • scooper June 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Me! Me! On a side note, has anyone else commented on the fact that Stacia Kane has a Megan Chase series too?

  • Jackie June 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    @scooper – I noticed that but I believe they are worlds apart in content…plus there's the "h" in Kagawa's Meghan, it must make all the difference, lol. I'll add you to the wishful thinking itinerary 😉

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) June 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Oh hey, they where just talking about the celebrations and New Orleans in the book. 😉 I'm in the same place as you. Great pick this week.

  • Pamk June 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    You can't forget that lots of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter's are set in NOLA and I was lucky enough to visit this wonderful city in 04 before Katrina hit. It is a wonderful place full of wonderous things.
    I'd love to go back and see it again.

  • LSUReader June 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Oh, how I love my home state. Louisiana offers so much for tourists and natives. New Orleans is a visitors’ paradise: great food, history, fun, sports, and outdoors activities.

    As to your question–Mariah Stewart, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and Stella Cameron each have books set in New Orleans. Part of the action for Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series occurs there. Rhett and Scarlett honeymoon in New Orleans in GWTW. Of course, there are many more works set all or partially in New Orleans, among them: Tennessee Williams’s Streetcar Named Desire, Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces and John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief and The Client.

  • Jackie June 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    @Melissa – Must have been, lol. But I'll bet Meghan & crew didn't get to experience it the way I plan too if/when I go, lol.

    @Pamk – Lucky you! I've always felt NO has a mystical, magical quality to it…*sigh*, one of these days

    @LSUReader – Oooh, is that what the LSU stands for?! LOL. Seriously, when I see author lists like this, that I can only claim to have read a very few, I feel I have so much to catch up on! I hope I did justice with the pics.

  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) June 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Le *sigh*. I sooo wanna visit NOLA. I'm trying to make it a personal goal to participate in Authors After Dark in 2012. Naw'lins AND book-fanatics? Sounds perfect.

  • Ren June 17, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Moonlight series by Nancy Gideon and Immortal after Dark by Kresley Cole take place at New Orleans! 😀
    And I think Sandra Hill have some books that set at the same city, even have some Cajun character

    I think New Orleans is magical, would love to visit it someday (and beignet, I really want to taste Beignet! and some other cajun foods)

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