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2019 Goal: Urban NOLA Chic Tour Company

I didn’t tell yall, but I’m in the planning stages of opening my own Urban NOLA Chic Tour Company. So to have a tour company or be a tour guide one must take a test on New Orleans History.

There are classes for tour guides, and I found myself at Delgado to register for the class. The rep types in my name and says “Baby, you took a New Orleans Tourism and Culture course in 1990 and passed. Aren’t you from here? Baby, save your money get that book they suggest on the website, read on the history and watch some videos and it will come back to you. All this time you could have owed a million dollar company, speaking of money you have a balance of $40” I laughed and asked all these years and Katrina yall still have my info and holding on to a $40 balance.

I took her advice and been doing just that. Reading and watching from the moment I get up even fall asleep listening to all things New Orleans to the point my friend Monica and I were debating on the date, and I told her today was Thursday, and I was serious, but she said “girl are you tripping from lack of sleep it’s Wednesday the 12th” lol.

One thing is driving me crazy and haunting me in my sleep is the NOTV New Orleans Television show. I probably can repeat word for word each series I have been binge-watching since Friday. I dream of fresh seafood caught by local fisherman, stone ground grits with some BBQ shrimp boudain eggs benedict and any dish they named, I have dreamed of devouring. Then there are the dreams of shopping on Royal St, buying fancy chandeliers, jewelry, and expensive artwork. I dreamed of walking down a winding staircase in an elegant silk and lace form-fitting dress with a short train flowing behind with each step. The dream ended with me waving to my guest with my laced gloved hand as I made my to the courtyard where I was met by a jazz band that led hundreds of people and me through the courtyard of Jackson Square ending under the Claiborne bridge in Treme.. It was all a combination of what I heard in my sleep on the NOTV show and my imagination. The show teased and tantalized my thoughts and taste buds in my sleep. It was “a good thing” in my Marta Stewart voice lol.

I highly recommend the show to you all, but it’s mostly for tourist, but in all honesty, it doesn’t give the total NOLA Experience more so the French Quarter area. It seems to be focused on those who may have a nice budget to work with while vacationing,

However, what bothered me was that the majority of the black people shown were workers or musician. There were a couple of black people featured dining or out in the city, which hurt after thinking of my friends who work in the tourism industry who can’t afford to eat the food they cook or stay in the hotels they service, but that’s another post.

Also, very few hosts had that New Orleans je ne sais quoi, I’m not sure if they were New Orleanians. These points leave me a bit confused to how the world views the city, especially with the primary focus always being on Downtown. But this is just one show ran by the Official Visitor Information TV Station of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Which leads to what I try to show you all now and my goal is to have my blogging and tour company do the same but on another level like with a real camera crew lol. I do the French Quarters, the 2nd Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the walls. I try to show it all and that’s my goal is to show and teach on every nook and cranny of NOLA.

However, all in all, it a great New Orleans channel and the workers and owners speak of the history of the business.

There are excellent episodes on the freed slaves of New Orleans and Kevin Belton giving his cooking lesson on gumbo.

French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Armstrong Park
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
NOLA East
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Treme
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
French Quarter Hotel Courtyard
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Bourbon Street
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Champion Square
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Second Line Wedding
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Treme
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Antoine’s Restaurant
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
8th Ward Big Freedia art
Sitting on a great oak tree roots, my NOLA roots
City park
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
8th Ward
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Second Vine Wine
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
The Saint Hotel
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Streetcar
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Audubon Zoo
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Bourbon St Performer
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
St. Roch Neighborhood
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Nola Baby Dolls
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
City view from 6th Ward
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Nola Brass Band
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Riverwalk
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Jazz Fest
French Quarters, Second Lines, fancy galas, 5-star restaurants, corner store eats, VIP nightclubs to the hole in the wall bars. My goal is to show all of NOLA.
Cafe Degas

Since I shared my plan, my goal and desire ” Urban NOLA Chic Tour Company” I ask that you all keep me in my prayers. In the meantime please continue to follow me and support me on my life journey. I appreciate all of you!  Nola Chic

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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