Lion statue in City Park, New Orleans

Go Wild in New Orleans

My heart knows what the wild goose knows and my heart goes where the wild goose goes.  Wild goose, brother goose, which is best?  A wandering fool or a heart at rest?  You can go wild in New Orleans but you can also rest easy in the Big Easy.

Set yourself free.  Sleep the sleep of the contented with your pillow on an antique bed in a colorful suite, with private bath and balcony, in a colorful mansion on one of New Orleans’ most beautiful historic streets.  These are the things from which dreams are made.

A pigeon on top of a lion in New Orleans
Even natural enemies are friends in New Orleans.

No one knows where the wild goose goes but in New Orleans, pigeons sit atop the heads of lions.  Ours is a peaceable city.

Lion statue in City Park, New Orleans
The lion sleeps every night in New Orleans.

Alligators, night herons, geckos, crab spiders, skinks, palmetto bugs, ibises, white herons, ducks, doves, geese, pelicans—-New Orleans is thriving with wildlife.

Bars, restaurants, museums, private clubs, parades, dancing in the street, cocktail parties, weddings, churches— New Orleans is thriving with wild life.

When you visit New Orleans, you should visit like you belong here.  Don’t wear Mardi Gras beads unless you are walking home from a Mardi Gras parade.  Don’t ask about anyone’s Katrina story unless they volunteer it.  Don’t eat gumbo and jambalaya every meal.  Don’t offer advice to any New Orleans chef or any New Orleans bartender.  Don’t walk down the street staring at your phone; say hello to the people you pass.  If you are lost, ask for directions.  Everyone who lives here is happy to help you navigate New Orleans.


Go wild in New Orleans on Bourbon Street.  That’s fine.  The only people you’ll see on Bourbon Street that aren’t working are not from New Orleans.  Do you go to the Main Street of your hometown and get pass-out drunk and lift your shirt?  We don’t either.  That’s a tourist thing.  Instead, stay in the real New Orleans, where people live, and you’ll be invited into a fascinating authentic microcosm of densely woven and richly textured culture.  Everyone in our part of New Orleans is friendly.  They don’t live in this part of the city to make a buck off of you.  They live here because they love it.  You will, too.

New Orleans daydreams.
New Orleans daydreams are the fodder for smiles.


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