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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vintage New Orleans


I didn’t have anything to do with planning the topic for this week, I promise.  This week I am traveling from Houston to Michigan to spend the month of June with my mother.  This July Mom will be 91, so I don’t think I should miss any opportunity to spend quality time with her.  I also am having the pleasure of traveling with Rosemary (RioRose) who left Brasil in September of 2009 but has remained a friend and, by another coincidence, is now living in Michigan.  Funny how the world moves in certain directions.  This last week she flew to Houston in order to ride shotgun on my drive to Michigan.  Her one request….. to see New Orleans.  Without much enthusiasm I agreed to go that direction.  First thing I see, a sign for a store called ‘Vintage’.  Okay so I went a little crazy.  What an opportunity.  Meet Vintage New Orleans: where French Provincial meets the Wild West.DSC_4492

For those outside the USA, those not familiar with our most historic Southern city, a bit of data is needed.  Officially founded in 1718, the city sits on the Mississippi delta.  The area has proven archeological sites that date back to 400 AD., with the French hunting and trading the length of the Mississippi River from around the 1690s.  There are blocks and blocks of vintage New Orleans. 

DSC_4495Sprinkled among buildings built in the 20th and 21st centuries are classically French buildings from the 18th and 19th century.  What a pleasure for me.  Many of the older buildings are in need of repair, of love and attention, but many have been lovingly restored.  The upper floors apartments and the lower, ground floors full of museums and crafts stores.  We saw hand painted masks, 5 artist rotating minding the store to show the merely curious and those enthusiastically shopping, how the motifs of the masks are designed and executed.  There was a shop full of looms with intricate rag rugs hanging on the walls and cats needing adoption lounging on every surface.  Vintage.












Vintage style from a time of wealth and influence. 









I found that in the 20 years or since I last visited this city, it has been upgraded and improved.  There is a new walkway along the river, a casino, and a huge aquarium, and I am sure much more.  Except for Bourbon street which I find a pretty disgusting thing to see, the city left me enthused, ready to return to further explore and enjoy.

To enjoy a few more photos click the link below.


  1. I would love to go through New Orleans. Maybe next year. I hope you had a great time. I love the last two photos.

  2. Walked through Bourbon St. one time, with friends, on the way to a dinner boat. I did enjoy New Orleans Plantation excursion but did not do the graveyard thing. So glad you are posting with us again. I can get a lot of sight-seeing done with you dear gal.
    Love those vintage dresses.

  3. I've not been to New Orleans but would love to go sometime.

  4. Seems like you were in the perfect place at exactly the right time, Ginger. Fabulous 'vintage' shots! Thanks for the slide show so we could see more of the place.

  5. Thanks for this vintage tour of New ORleans. I have never been there. I enjoy seeing the photos.

  6. How wonderful that you have such a great friend to travel with. And, a very happy birthday to your mum. 91!! I have never been to New Orleans but would like to visit one day.