Cafe Du Monde, 1991

New Orleans by the Mississippi. New Orleans during Mardi Gras. And then, of course, the beloved Cafe Du Monde!

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Cafe Du Monde, Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

With Elizabeth at “Cafe Du Monde”, Jackson Square, New Orleans (Mardi Gras, 1991) – photo by Juan García

(Versión en español, abajo) . New Orleans by the Mississippi:  not a Disney-magic kind of place, thank goodness, and yet quiet otherworldly. A lone saxophone sings its musical notes. New Orleans during Mardi Gras: flying colorful beads, unending parades of Krewes and dubious characters walking down the French Quarter.  And then there is coffee and the fresh “beignets” that go with it. Add  the company of traveling friends. What else can you ask for?  New Orleans by sunset, danger rises with the full moon, cold beams of lunar light spread over the Mississippi river. “Café Au Lait” comes first, yes, but then comes Jazz, beer, whiskey and liquor.  And more Jazz and more Blues and more spinning heads. It is late already and there is no need to sleep. A walk by the riverside clears the mind and enlightens the spirit. We do the Moonwalk, as so many other passerby’s. It is morning in New Orleans (already!) and what better way to start off the day than with another “Au Lait” at the beloved Cafe Du Monde?  *

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A traditional “Coffee and Chicory” product, Cafe Du Monde brand, a gift that made its way to Rolling Hills Estates, California  in 2016.

Nueva Orleans -cerca del Mississippi-  no es un lugar mágico en el sentido de los reinos de Disney (gracias a Dios) y, sin embargo, es una ciudad que pertenece a otra dimensión. Un saxofón solitario canta sus notas al aire. Nueva Orleans en Mardi Gras: collares de cuentas de colores vuelan, interminables desfiles de comparsas, personajes dudosos transitan las calles del “French Quarter”.  Café y “beignets”, como siempre, y la compañía de amigos viajeros. Qué más puede pedirse?  Nueva Orleans a la puesta de sol: el peligro se eleva con la luna llena naciente y con los fríos rayos selenitas que se esparcen sobre el Mississippi.  Al principio, “Café Au Lait”, pero luego viene el Jazz, el whiskey y licores varios. Y más Jazz, y “Blues” y cuerpos mareados y cabezas dentro de inodoros anónimos. Es tarde ya, pero no hay que dormir. Un paseo por la ribera aclara la mente y eleva el espíritu desde las catacumbas. Hacemos el “Moonwalk”, como tantos otros viandantes.   Ya es de día en Nueva Orleans y qué mejor manera de iniciarlo que con otro “Au Lait” en el bienamado “Café du Monde”? *

 

 

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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