Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is an easy city to love. It is very, very easy to fall in love in New Orleans and it is even easier to fall in love with New Orleans. Some people call this The City That Care Forgot. It used to be New Orleans' motto. Not of a lot of people say that out loud, nowadays, but they feel it. They live it. So many people love New Orleans, whether they spend a day or a lifetime here. It really is a city like nowhere else.
Some people (who?) compare New Orleans to Venice. There isn't much similarity beyond a few salient facts. The history of Venice is very different from the history of New Orleans. The canals of Venice are of a different category than the canals of New Orleans. The streetscapes and the topology of Venice are nothing like those of New Orleans. I've never been to Venice but I imagine if I visited, I would leave being reminded of life in New Orleans. Why?
New Orleans and Venice share a reputation of crumbling glory, picturesque decay. Both are known as cities, even as city-states, that once had a wide-ranging influence and that no longer do, though both cities are fondly recalled and recollected for a bygone past that they still embody, like a butterfly in amber or a bead of Murano glass.