Fathomaway Compass

New Orleans itineraries

New Orleans isn't a city. It's a Petrarchan sonnet. There's no other place on the planet like it. I think it was sawed loose from South America and blown by trade winds across the Caribbean until it affixed itself to the southern rim of the United States.
– James Lee Burke

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New Orleans Is Music to My Ears

Eclectic jazz pianist Eddie Bo has a great quote that goes, "If you smoke a cigarette, they’ll have a parade for it. Then if you die from the cigarette, they’ll be a parade for that too."

Love Letter: Cochon's Oysters

NEW ORLEANS – Long after the plate was removed and long after the last bite of heart-thumping upside-down pineapple cake was licked clean from the spoon, I thought about those oysters.

NOLA Diary

NEW ORLEANS – The best days are the ones made up of characters and scenes. I'm just a bit player among the performers, a town of local celebrities.

Best Day Ever: New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The progression of the day: mellow morning, bowl of gumbo, leisure ride, cheap cocktail, fancy cocktail, howlin' wolf.

MarMardi Gras Unmasked

NEW ORLEANS – Foam clouds, foamy beers, and floats. Follow one NOLA native Clare Crespo's lead and hit the streets for Mardi Gras.

Just Back From: New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – The proprietor of The Hotel Modern New Orleans checks up on his restaurant, preps for Mardi Gras, and keeps up with the neighborhood.

Fathom Questionnaire: Julia Reed

In-flight relaxation regime: I am already at my most relaxed on a plane. I love the feeling of being in suspended time, and I love that at 20,000 feet, you can hear the sound of your own voice.

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