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.
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