More New Orleans – Echoes of a past life – and – Hello Atlanta


I found one of my mates !! Roger Taylor – Royal and Toulouse !

Bri and Roger - New Orleans - by Emma Donoghue
Photo by Emma Donoghue
Bri and Roger - New Orleans - by Emma Donoghue
Photo by Emma Donoghue

Echoes of a past life. The walls remember. We’re all still in love with New Orleans.

Brian May: Echoes of a past life/French Quarter (FULL) 22/08/2019

IMPOSSIBLE to capture the magic of a moment in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The current of life is so strong here. To me it’s comparable with Venice (the Italian one !) in that it’s a bubble of space-time which miraculously holds its character in the face of the march of 21st century ‘improvements’.

Where Venice has epic architecture and gondolas, the French Quarter has … above all … MUSIC ! It’s everywhere – they don’t need stages or sound amplification. Music flows from every doorway and window, and lights up every corner. I’d say that if someone is tired of life and despondent about their place in it … spend a few days in New Orleans.

Take breakfast in the garden at Cafe Beignet on Rue Royale, stroke the cats, watch people go by, and breathe in the music in the air. It’s magic. And at night … on Frenchmen Street or at Preservation Hall you will hear notes that Mozart never dreamed of !!! And then there is Bourbon Street ! You can eat, drink and be alive, and for a moment forget there is a world outside.

Oh – sorry – did I get all schmaltzy ? Well, I’m not apologising. Wishing you all music and joy today. –

Au revoir New Orleans. A little sadly. I hope there will be a next time.

And, as promised, herewith the solution to that other little puzzle.

This stuff engages me. It’s like connecting clouds … they float endlessly and randomly, and come and go, and evaporate. Yet sometimes, for a moment, they connect and make dragons in the sky. Well, it’s probably not like that at all. But uncovering long-lost footprints is definitely fun.

Oh yes – I nearly forgot. This is the roof terrace of the (now Omni) Royal Orleans Hotel.

Bri on roof terrace Omni Hotel

Inverno tiles
Image: Brian May

Hello Atlanta ! It’s a Beautiful Day !!

Hello Atlanta