Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Not So Wordless Wednesday #WW - New Orleans

This past week marked six years since the massive levee failures in Greater New Orleans.

New Orleans was our home over 13 years ago and I can't begin to tell you how much love this city. There is just something about the French Quarter, the Garden District, Second Line parades in Treme, the music, food...

I could go on forever.

As I watched the news footage, I so desperately wanted to be there to help. Because my husband was in in Iraq at the time, I didn't feel like I could leave five kids at home and go into, for all intents and purposes, a war zone.

The Soldier and I were finally able to go back for a few days this past November - over five years since the catastrophe. The spirit of NOLA is alive and well, but I was shocked at the neighborhoods that are gone. Stores and schools that have never reopened. It was heartbreaking.

The destruction of NOLA and St. Bernard Parish was not a natural disaster, but caused by poor design, inadequate construction and failed projects by the Army Corps of Engineers (like Mr. Go). For more information on why, visit or watch "The Big UnEasy".

If you ever have the chance to visit NOLA, do. It is the most unique and beautiful city I have ever seen.

Linking up with Adventures of the K Family for this week's MilSpouse Weekly Round Up!



  1. I loved looking at your pics. It really is a beautiful city!

  2. I can only imagine your pain in returning to see your city. I have never had the pleasure of visiting. Should put it on my bucket list. Your pictures are beautiful. The good thing is that Americans are resilient and we rebuild. We will not be held down or back.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos! They are amazing. I love them all but my favorites are Cafe Du Monde at night, the streetcar, and the guy playing a sax by the bridge. Glad you got to come visit. There is still a lot of work to be done but we're getting there.

  4. You captured the feel, the beauty and the sadness - great job!

  5. Oh my! Your photographs captured some of what makes New Orleans such a wonderful, spirited, unique place to live and to visit. It is one of my favorite places. Cafe Du Monde at night, brought back some wonderful memories. I could almost taste the Beignets and Coffee! *swoon* so glad you got to go and visit.. you're right the spirit is there, but so much work yet still to do; they are getting there!

  6. It is on m bucket list.Hoping to visit when we are in Dallas/Fort worth for 6 months! It does look beautiful!

  7. That was a terrible tragedy and I have been told that still today you can see a lot of what had happened.

  8. wow, thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the beautiful pictures. I really want to visit New Orleans. It's definitely on my top ten list.

  9. Stopping by from the roundup. Wow I really, really want to go to NO now! It's always been on my list, but fairly low. But, between this post and Big Easy Brides (the best of the worst trash tv out there) it's inching its way up!