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What’s easy in the Big Easy? My wife and I spent three days and nights in New Orleans recently. While there, I couldn’t get out of my mind the words “Big Easy” and how/why it describes New Orleans. So, I went on a search for easy in the Big Easy. This post is meant to be an easy-going semi-pictorial web log of our easy visit to the Big Easy. :-)
Why is New Orleans called the Big Easy? This is an euphemism for New Orleans, like the Crescent City, that is attributed to Betty Guillaud, a gossip columnist for the Times Picayune. She coined the euphemism in the ’70s as a term of endearment and an answer to the then I Love New York City hype. Guillaud proclaimed: “If it’s the Big Apple for New York, then New Orleans is the ‘Big Easy,’ where everything is slower, simpler and easy-going.”
It’s easy to walk in the Big Easy, especially if you are near the French Quarter.
It’s easy to walk because the streets are too narrow for much traffic.
It’s easy to walk UNLESS there’s a lot of foot traffic – very common in the evening.
The streetcar is a nice, convenient and easy way to see the Big Easy.
The Big Easy has lots of good restaurants located in buildings with great architecture and easy to get to. Commander’s Palace, a nice restaurant in the Garden District, is very popular for its food and ambience.
The Big Easy seldom buries its dead! They can’t dig deep enough without “hitting” water and therefore, literally have Cities Of The Dead.
Some of the beautiful houses in the Garden District are popular with celebrities.
The Big Easy is cultural and academic!
Art is everywhere in the Big Easy!
Besides being a major port for ocean-going vessels, it also has big riverboats.
The Big Easy isn’t a gamble for a good time, but you can gamble.:-)
The Big Easy is a great place to tour.
The Big Easy tends to provide good service to visitors.
Jackson Square, in which sits the St. Louis Cathedral, is a popular spot for tourists in the Big Easy.
The Big Easy always has great jazz performances. Jeremy Davenport, from University City, MO, is featured at The Ritz-Carlton on the edge of the French Quarter.
In the Big Easy, jazz is not only played, but also performed. :-) Here’s Jeremy Davenport with his current band in his lounge at the Ritz.
Many restaurants in the Big Easy offer second floor balcony seating. It’s a great place to have a Po’ Boy and people watch.
The Big Easy is known for its Cajun and Zydeco culture. Is easy to find the music of the culture performed.
In the French Quarter of the Big Easy there seems to be a parade a day. There are parades for special days and many second line parades.
The people of the Big Easy called Katrina what they thought she was and then slipped back into their big easy lives. :-)
So, what’s easy in the Big Easy? Now, that’s an easy question! Look above. :-)