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Tourist's Guide Book to the City of New Orleans free pdf Excerpt from Tourist's Guide Book to the City of New Orleans I offer you an omelette souffle, a palm-leaf fan and a rose! It makes not the slightest difference what is one's first impression of this quaint and sunny old city, lying half asleep, blinking, as it were, under her luminous skies, luxuriously lounging on the elbow of the great yellow river- in the end one is sure to conclude that when she spoke, when first her tender message was breathed into the ear, it was an invitation something like this: "I offer you a palm-leaf fan, an omelette souffle, and a rose." It is early in the morning, late in the season, and young in the year- but it is the time of all times when this old, half-French, half-Spanish town of ours, with her beautiful women and foreign ways, her odd, grim houses, and lovely rose gardens, pink and bloomy, is at her best. A sky more blue than the lid of Italy is overhead, and against it are limned the dull, gray belfries, the leaping steeples and gilded crosses of her sanctuaries- roses blossom on her iron balconies, a very balustrade of bloom is at the edge of her red tiled roofs in the musty French quarter, the perfume of the sweet olive interpenetrates all her shady places, and the sense of a new, different and foreign life impresses the stranger. The very tinkle of the bells has a novel and enticing sound, and in a little while one realizes that one has some here to enjoy life, to get closer to nature and to human nature, to be glad over the beauty of things, and to melt the heart in the shining of the warm sun - to see a city tendriled with tropic vines and framed in with roses, and a life all set to the music of singing birds. Of what account is it - the current price of wheat, or the stock calls on the exchange? Rather let us know what opera is to be sung tonight, and shall we take lodgings in an entresol of the French quarter, or in one of the big. Southern-looking hotels, or in a rose-grown cottage of the garden district. New Orleans is unlike any other American city. Her very name is a souvenir of gayeties- her breath is a sweet as a willow copse in June, and something about her always make one think of the opera and the "bal masque," the Carnival, the palm-leaf fan, the omelette souffle and the rose. She is not to be known in a day, and she will unfold herself slowly, petal by petal, growing in charm each day, as Venice does - surely not to be comprehended in an eye-flash. When you started forth from that beautiful, frozen North, where there are icicles for daggers and snowbanks for roses, and often gray skies pent with rain, you tucked an organdy gown down into your trunk and you thought how, when you came South, you would, perhaps, wear a red rose at your belt and pin a velvety bunch of Parma violets at your throat. But I do not believe you realized the possibility of other charms than climate as belonging to the old Southern city, sprawling like a Victoria Regia, with its petals dipped in the opaline lakes and the great yellow river. In truth, she does float like a lily on her lakes, and she lifts to the skies a wondrous charm of old, red roofs and old churches, narrow streets and curious shops, and a strange and genial life. The dwarf palms, the Spanish daggers, the green lataniers piercing the gloom of her dusky environment of cypress swamp, make one think of an invasion of Chinese ladies uprising from the other side of the world: and in her narrow courts and dim, gray churches we find old-world charms, mid in the roses on her balconies all the spicy perfumes of Araby. New Orleans, with her Southern homes, her gorgeous blooms, her superstitions, her Southern ways, her generous life, her fine hospitality and picturesque localities, her churches and cemeteries, is not for the pastime of a tourist who does a city between the rising up and going down of the sun, and a continent in ten days.

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Author : Unknown Author
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1332177972
EAN : 9781332177974
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 124 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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