Summer City Spotlight - New Orleans in the Summer

It's damn hot but we still got personality...

Welcome to the final week of the Summertime Blog & reader Challenge. Let’s go out with a bang, you with me? Today we are talking about: 

New Orleans in the Summer

It’s really hot in New Orleans. I mean really hot. Western states might go over the 100s, but down South the humidity is what does us in, 95 degrees with 80% humidity is Hell. The tourist trade dies down, the streets go kind of empty, and the residents go kind of crazy. Summer in New Orleans…

Museums

To beat the heat, go inside. New Orleans has about 40 well-known museums and they do a lot of events during the summer. The Historic New Orleans Collection is always putting together fantastic features. If you like that sort of thing. Today I was thinking of checking out their event that is running until September:

Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans

What is even better, admission is usually free.

The Historic New Orleans Collection - Merieult House. 533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130. By Steve Sweet (The Historic New Orleans Collection.) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Historic New Orleans Collection – Merieult House.
533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130. By Steve Sweet (The Historic New Orleans Collection.) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Markets

We love markets. Craft fairs. Art fairs. Anything that showcases unique hand-made stuff. We get angry when it gets flooded with gimmick stuff – so much so that to get into one of these markets you have to be “screened.” It’s a good way to spend a few hours, shopping and checking out people who like to retain the New Orleans flavor.

Frenchmen Art Market is a favorite. And now they opened a new location, which I’m dying to check out. 

Frenchmen Art Market Night - By Infrogmation of New Orleans (Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Frenchmen Art Market Night – By Infrogmation of New Orleans (Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Music

Music is in the blood of every New Orleans resident. There is always a band playing, a parade rolling, or a festival to go to. In the summer most of the festivals are indoors, like the Essence Festival held in the Superdome. But, you’ll be able to find one.

JacquesGauthe1991Waldenburg

Jacques Gauthe 1991 Waldenburg – I, Infrogmation [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Water Fun

From fishing, to crabbing, to backyard pool time. To stay cool we get in the water. It’s been that way since my grandmother was little and I’m sure it will be that way when I have grandchildren.

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Checking Crab Box | By Messina, John, 1940-, Photographer (NARA record: 8464458) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Summertime Challenge Info:

  • The challenge will run the month of June (link lists will be closed down July 1)
  • The first post goes up June 1 and will run Monday – Friday’s the month of June (posts will not be up on the weekends, we have to have swim time at some point!)
  • You don’t have to have a book blog, or “blog” to participate, you can do this on Facebook or another social site if you want
  • If you post, please leave a link. There will be a weekly link-up post – scheduled for Monday with the scheduled topics for that week. Please link in that post.
  • This is to help, not hinder – don’t stress if you miss a day or two or three
  • Share your post and use the hashtag #SummerBookBlogChallenge

Week 5:

  1. Week 5 - Link up post
  2. Post 19 - Write a Bad Summer Poem (Or Good if you like that stuff)
  3. TBL - Favorite Quotes from Books
  4. TBL - City Summer Spotlight
  5. TBL - Challenge Wrap-up

Summer in New Orleans

What does your city do during the summer?

1 Comment

  1. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    Staying inside or in water is typically how we keep cool in Texas, too! So many great things close by!

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