I’m so honored to have had my travel photos of New Orleans in VietSun magazine this month… I thought I would take this chance to post a few of my favorites.
Before I visited the Big Easy (aka NOLA), it was difficult for me to understand the spell that New Orleans casts on its visitors; it wasn’t love at first sight, the city is, indeed, complicated. But I fell, hard, for the complex layers of soul that are so signature New Orleans.
Part of the allure, of course, is that even post Katrina, New Orleans looks like a movie set. Colors fill the picturesque Southern porch-front houses during day and historic gas lamps light them at night. For transients and locals both, the city still feels ripe for discovery – something that’s increasingly hard to say about most other North American cities. With its reverence for the past and a magically diverse culture, New Orleans has the kind of resilience that holds on the hearts of visitors. Even for natives who left after Katrina, seeking a different (possibly better) life in neighboring Texas or Georgia, many have returned because they found it impossible to feel at home away from NOLA.
Here are the tear sheets from the magazine. I hope the readers will get to visit this bewitching city.