In the vibrant chaos of New Orleans, I went on a mission to find the brightest lights in town. I strolled down the streets, collecting explosive moments, from riverside fireworks to garlands and bulbs that transformed dark alleyways into dazzling constellations.
My starlit strolls included:
Bourbon street after dark
Jazz by moonlight in the French Quarter
Ghosts glowing up the Hotel Monteleone
Gas lamps in Jackson Square – i.e. Muriel’s, the most haunted restaurant in New Orleans
Lafitte’s blacksmith shop – i.e. sailor, diplomat, spy + hero of the Battle Of New Orleans
THE STORY OF MURIEL’S JACKSON SQUARE
After losing this house in a poker game, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan committed suicide upstairs in 1814. His ghost doesn’t appear human, but as a glimmer of sparkly light. There’s even a séance room that guests can visit that honors Jourdan’s spirit.