New Orleans is probably my favorite American city. It’s hard to decide, really. I love the museums and shops and Central Park of New York. San Francisco has my favorite restaurant in the whole world. And I treasure every waking minute in my hometown of Baltimore. But New Orleans really does let the good times roll. I’ve visited on company time and just for fun — in the heat of the summer, the beauty of a fall day and in the build-up to Mardi Gras (never Fat Tuesday itself.) On my most recent visit, I couldn’t help but notice the signs. Dazzled by architecture, the music and, well, the silliness of Bourbon Street, I just never noticed them before. But there they are — filled with history and information you might not have thought you needed. A For Sale sign that says “haunted?” Here are a few of my favorites.
And there’s one more, created not with words but with light and shadow. Every photographer takes this photo I think. But in the midst of all New Orleans’ revelry, it’s a bit sobering, there on the back of St. Louis Cathedral.
© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman