The Big Easy is alive and full of energy. You don't have to do much to get a feel of what New Orleans is all about. Just step out onto Bourbon Street or just any street in the French Quarter and you know you're somewhere special. This was my first trip to the city and I love it!
Culture, food, enterainment surrounds all visitors. Live bands on Bourbon Street were playing all kinds of music. Every bar, restaurant, night club had much to offer. On a Friday night at about 7:45ish, Bourbon Street was busy.
New Orleans is a beautiful surivivor, and although there is still work to be done, the French Quarter is taking the lead in making sure that visitors will put money into the city. Hotel stay is inexpensive and the food is reasonably priced.
As for the shopping, belly dancers, you are in for a treat! Vendors have all sorts of bright, colorful outfits. Just use your imagination and you can create neat belly dance costumes. Tribal dancers, the masks are perfect to wear with feathers and the deep passionate colors.
Hip scarves were everywhere. Never have I seen so many hip scraves in one area. I was in love! The vendors had them neatly displayed to attract buyers. While there were some hips scarves on display, others were wrapped in a clear plastic wrap. All colors and styles for a price that can't be beat. The hip scarf that I purchased would have cost me about $65, but the vendor sold his for $15. He had belts in different colors and a few belly dance costumes. When you make the visit, you will find this gentleman in the French Market.
Walking down Royal Street, there is a place called Royal Boutique. A cozy little store with nice shiny stuff! What caught my attention, was a nice gypsy outfit, with a hip scarf displayed outside. There was a local lady with her cute terrier purchasing some stuff. Owner Ms. Zarina Ali greeted me with a smile. She told me that there are many belly dancers from New Orleans who visit her shop. You can find Ms. Ali at 803 Royal st., (504) 523-0034.
You can find all kinds of dumbeks and African drums. Test out the drum to see if it sounds right. I played a few dums and teks on a couple of drums and found out that they were decorations.
A sales clerk by the name of Chelle (pronounced Shelley)pointed in all different directions when I asked her about belly dance shops. "They are everywhere, and my friends and I buy stuff from them for parties", she said.
There is just never enough time, but I do plan on going back again! Viva New Orleans!