The South-particularly The "Deep" South- is a very unique region of the United States. Our culture consists of a slow-paced, laid back lifestyle in which inhabitants generally possess warm and hospitable characteristics. Good manners, "Yes ma'ams", and smiles upon eye contact are considered the norm, mandatory even. We're often teased about the way we talk, our words being slow and drawn out. Yet, I've never meet a single person who dislikes our accent. Oh, and the food. I've traveled extensively and I can vouch that Southern cuisine is among the best in the world. Simply put, it's a great place,.
I'm from a small town. Bay St. Louis sits on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and it used to be dotted with colorful art galleries, restaurants, book shops, and beach bars but was demolished by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I was happy to see during my trip home that it is coming back. It's still eerily quiet at times but people are trying to bring back the great little town that it used to be. I went to Second Saturday, an event held downtown in which shops have open houses and bands play and venues stay open later than usual. I was impressed with the turn out. It was also assuring to hear about the plans of an upcoming marina and beach reconstruction, as the view of the Bay can be breathtaking. Mom and I woke up early the morning before I left to watch the sunrise. I kinda forget what it was like to be in the presence of something so majestic.
ear out for Chole. It's said she can be heard going up the stairs in the late hours of the evening.
Beauvior is known as being the last home of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy. I had been there before on a field trip in elementary school but didn't remember much about the house. The house itself was hit hard by Katrina but has since been remodeled beautifully.
Our guide here was also great and knew the history of the place like the back of his hand. He pointed out all the details of each room, like the petticoat mirrors placed on the lower parts of furniture, used by the women to check and ensure that their ankles were not showing- a very promiscuous thing at the time. Another feature I thought interesting was the separation of the dining rooms between children and adults. I always thought the saying was that "children should be seen and not heard" rather than not seen AND not heard. The house was well prepared for Christmas, complete with a tree decorated by the Daughters of the Confederacy. The whole "confederate pride" stand the organization takes is a bit controversial, but the house is a piece of history that's worth exploring.
A horse drawn carriage trots through the streets of the French Quarter.
Great musicians of New Orleans.