What are the big differences between Baton Rouge and New Orleans?

New Orleans Nightmare

While both are very old cities with even longer histories Baton Rouge(1722) and New Orleans(1718).

With settlements in both beginning u201cdiscoveredu201d in 1699.

Over the years the two separated in significance as Baton Rouge was just a major strategic position on the Mississippi River.

New Orleans with its easy access to the Gulf became a major Immigration and shipping port.

With the ports of Baton Rouge, Port of New Orleans, and Port of South Louisiana, all being some of the largest by cargo volume parts in the US and the Port of South Louisiana one of the largest in the world.

(Peaked 4th in the world in 2004) The reason all this is important is because of the influx of immigration this brings.

With both cities receiving huge amounts of immigrants from Europe and the Caribbean.

,Now that is what the cities have in common.

What separates them is the course the cities have taken.

Because of Baton Rouge being immune to the springtime floods that commonly effected New Orleans in the 19th century the capitol was moved to Baton Rouge.

(Local legend also has it that part of it was because corruption was rampant in New Orleans).

Baton Rouge has a huge tourism industry though it is most overshadowed by New Orleans.

The advantage to Baton Rouge being its location almost exactly between New Orleans and Lafayette you can cover 3 significant historical cultural areas from 1 location with New Orleans and Lafayette being an hour each way.

,Both cities have crime problems although It is a little more wide spread in New Orleans with Baton Rouge have small pockets that make up almost all of the violent crime in the city.

New Orleans murder rate is about the same as the cities of Chicago and Detroit.

There is a but of animosity towards New Orleans in Baton Rouge because of the crime that came with the evacuees from New Orleans and is only now starting to work its way back down.

,Traffic can be a nightmare in both cities with I think it being slightly better in New Orleans.

The I-10/110 merger after crossing the bridge is an example that even engineers can be really damn stupid.

(3 lanes merge into 1 on a bridge that sees over 200,000 vehicles a day.

) New Orleans can back up especially around the highrise and even commuting over it daily I never really figured out why.

,Baton Rouge has become a growing Arts destination especially in the music and film industries and while it does not even come close to rivaling New Orleans it is very much worth checking out if you have the ability.

But I dont think any city in the world can really touch New Orleans when it comes to the spirit of the music.

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, NY, Detroit, Memphis, and Nashville can all call themselves music cities, but music is the lifeblood of New Orleans.

Especially if you are into Jazz, Blues, Swamp Pop, or Zydeco.

Art galleries are extensive in both cities as are museums.

Both cities have free outdoor concerts especially during late summer and fall when rain isnt as much of a factor.

,The one thing that the cities do both share is a love of food.

It doesnt matter what you want you can get it relatively cheap from restaurants considered some of the top in the nation.

And if you want to try real Cajun food it is not far away.

New Orleans Haunted House Madame

Well, best example is Nicholas Cage.

,Nicolas Cage made over $150 million acting between 1996 and 2011, including movies like Gone in Sixty Seconds ($20 million), National Treasure ($20 million), Snake Eyes ($16 million) and Windtalkers ($20 million),Image creditForbes listed him as one of the highest-paid actors of all time.

Its said he made $40 million in 2009 alone.

Thats a lot of money!,Unfortunately, the fun was short-lived.

As his income increased, so did his insane buying habits.

,By the time he reached his mid-forties (hes now 53), Nicolas Cage spent so much cash that he put the King of Arabia to shame.

While he blamed his money manager for sending him down a path toward financial ruin, others say it was his crazy personal spending.

,In 2009, the IRS slapped the actor with a $6.

2 million tax lien and Nicolas Cage ended up suing his money manager for fraud and negligence.

,Where did all the money go?1.

Dinosaur skullsA self-proclaimed history buff, Cage allegedly outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a 67-million-year-old Tarbosaurus skull valued at over $300,000.

He also apparently had other dinosaur skulls.

,Image credit2.

Two albino king cobrasAllegedly Cage used the cobras for protection.

Some others say he used it for sexual activities.

,Image credit3.

Two Bahamian IslandsCage bought a 40-acre, $7 million island south of Nassau for his private use.

,Image creditPut Your Money to Good Use Instead of Blowing it All Away.

,4.

The Shah of Irans LamborghiniCage purchased a rare $450,000 Lamborghini Miura SVJ from the late Shah of Iran in 1997.

,Image credit (this is his Ferrari.

I couldnu2019t find the lambo :),5.

Exotic cars and motorcyclesHe also spent millions on other dozens of specialty and vintage vehicles.

In June 2004, he supposedly owned up to 30 motorcycles and 50 cars.

,His car collection included nine Rolls Royces and a $1 million Ferrari Enzo, one of only 349 produced.

,Image credit6.

Luxury yachtsHe bought four yachts, one of which he named Sarita.

It cost $20 million and had 12 master bedrooms.

,Image credit7.

A famous haunted houseCage bought this famed New Orleans house in 2006 for $3.

45 million.

Supposedly the house belonged to a socialite serial killer named Madame LaLaurie, who was the inspiration for the character of Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven.

In the house that Madame LaLaurie would kill and torture slaves in the 1800s.

Legend says its haunted.

,Image credit8.

Shrunken Pymgy headsAccording to visitors, Cage had a collection of heads in his house for unknown reasons.

,Image credit9.

A pyramid tombstoneLocated in New Orleans, this 9 foot tall pyramid tombstone is engraved with Omni Ab Uno, Latin for Everything From One.

Cage bought it.

,Image credit10.

The first Superman comicCage had a collection of comic books that included Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) and Detective Comics 38 (the first appearance of Robin, Batmans sidekick).

,Image creditIt doesnu2019t matter how much money you have if you donu2019t know how to keep it.

Haunted house New Orleans French Quarter

New Orleans, for sure! Last summer, after my three month long internship in sunny Houston, Texas, I found myself desperately needing a break from all the work and planned out an elaborate trip to NOLA, as itu2019s called.

It was a six-hour drive from Houston and we started driving in a rented Toyota Camry (brown peopleu2019s go-to) along Interstate 10E, listening to the Atlanta Monster podcast in Spotify.

Soon we found ourselves driving past the Louisiana state line, and thatu2019s when the scenery around us started to morph into more green and less of brown that is typical of Texas.

,NOLA was a whole different story though.

With a Bohemian vibe to it, the colorful streets and palatial houses were just something else, altogether!,Cafe du Monde -,A French Quarter house -,The haunted Jackson hotel where little children died in a tragic fire accident and visitors who stay in the hotel can still hear their cries for help.

(NOLA is the mecca of haunted spots.

We went on Ghost tours and they actually seemed creepy.

A hundred year old bar, anyone?) -,The palatial houses very atypical of US houses -,A beautiful school near the oldest bar (Lafitteu2019s Blacksmith Shop) -,The streets -,Beignets and Cafe au lait in Cafe du Monde -,Ah! Shrimp Jambalaya and Black Beans Gumbo -,And Chicken Po-boys.

(Fun fact: These were initially eaten by people who went on strikes against the streetcar companies and since the bread is hard to chew on, it was referred to as a poor boyu2019s sandwich, thus they coined the term u2018po-boyu2019!).

,St.

Louis Cemetery No.

1, where the voodoo queen Mary Laveau was buried -,Speaking of the strange but fascinating Voodo culture and history of NOLA (Fun fact: The voodoo merch shop was owned by our very own Gujarati Indian businessman!) -,The gorgeous Bayous swamp ride where we made friends with alligators -,The famous WWII museum with its stunning collection! -,And a final picture of moi posing not-so-candidly in the French Quarter -,One with Roosevelt -,And one in the infamous Bourbon Street, drinking the night away.

Just kidding, half of my time was spent gawking at the wild atmosphere around me.

But it was very empowering to see people from every part of the Land of Opportunities, USA, coming together and bonding over cocktails and dancing the night away.

Sigh.

I wish I could visit NOLA over and over, again.

,It is rightly said that if you havenu2019t been to New Orleans, you really havenu2019t lived.

It is so culturally rich and is a brimming mix of so many cultures (French, African-Americanu2026).

The folks were super friendly and I enjoyed listening to the Louisiana accent with the drawl.

The Cajuns, natives who live by the Bayous and the way they spoke about their coasts being eroded every day affected me quite a bit.

I hope NOLA stays the same, and more efforts in terms of environmental conservation should be taken to preserve the beauty that is New Orleans!,Links:,French Quarter Neighborhood | New OrleansWelcome to Cafe Du Monde New Orleans | French Market Coffee StandSt.

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Haunted house New Orleans

Well, to be honest, the entire city is considered to be haunted, dependent upon whether you have to actually see it or whether youre a believer if the hair on your arms stand up.

The French Quarter, the bayou areas, Garden District, etc.

all have some history of voodoo, vampires (considered to be the vacation home for residents of Transylvania), witches, etc.

The swamps, fog settling on the river, through the streets, and in the many graveyards filled with tombs, pre-dawn hoots and howls echoing in streets, etc.

all make the perfect backdrop for a good ghost sorry.

Lafitte is supposed to be one with a haunted room or two.

A friend of mine from college was visiting and stayed there -- called me in the middle of the night because she heard moaning coming from the room above her.

She was on the third floor and theres an attic room above, so she called to the front desk and they told her that was impossible because the attic room was vacant.

She stayed with me that night.

Again, though, it depends upon you.

Haunted house tour New Orleans

New Orleans, for sure! Last summer, after my three month long internship in sunny Houston, Texas, I found myself desperately needing a break from all the work and planned out an elaborate trip to NOLA, as itu2019s called.

It was a six-hour drive from Houston and we started driving in a rented Toyota Camry (brown peopleu2019s go-to) along Interstate 10E, listening to the Atlanta Monster podcast in Spotify.

Soon we found ourselves driving past the Louisiana state line, and thatu2019s when the scenery around us started to morph into more green and less of brown that is typical of Texas.

,NOLA was a whole different story though.

With a Bohemian vibe to it, the colorful streets and palatial houses were just something else, altogether!,Cafe du Monde -,A French Quarter house -,The haunted Jackson hotel where little children died in a tragic fire accident and visitors who stay in the hotel can still hear their cries for help.

(NOLA is the mecca of haunted spots.

We went on Ghost tours and they actually seemed creepy.

A hundred year old bar, anyone?) -,The palatial houses very atypical of US houses -,A beautiful school near the oldest bar (Lafitteu2019s Blacksmith Shop) -,The streets -,Beignets and Cafe au lait in Cafe du Monde -,Ah! Shrimp Jambalaya and Black Beans Gumbo -,And Chicken Po-boys.

(Fun fact: These were initially eaten by people who went on strikes against the streetcar companies and since the bread is hard to chew on, it was referred to as a poor boyu2019s sandwich, thus they coined the term u2018po-boyu2019!).

,St.

Louis Cemetery No.

1, where the voodoo queen Mary Laveau was buried -,Speaking of the strange but fascinating Voodo culture and history of NOLA (Fun fact: The voodoo merch shop was owned by our very own Gujarati Indian businessman!) -,The gorgeous Bayous swamp ride where we made friends with alligators -,The famous WWII museum with its stunning collection! -,And a final picture of moi posing not-so-candidly in the French Quarter -,One with Roosevelt -,And one in the infamous Bourbon Street, drinking the night away.

Just kidding, half of my time was spent gawking at the wild atmosphere around me.

But it was very empowering to see people from every part of the Land of Opportunities, USA, coming together and bonding over cocktails and dancing the night away.

Sigh.

I wish I could visit NOLA over and over, again.

,It is rightly said that if you havenu2019t been to New Orleans, you really havenu2019t lived.

It is so culturally rich and is a brimming mix of so many cultures (French, African-Americanu2026).

The folks were super friendly and I enjoyed listening to the Louisiana accent with the drawl.

The Cajuns, natives who live by the Bayous and the way they spoke about their coasts being eroded every day affected me quite a bit.

I hope NOLA stays the same, and more efforts in terms of environmental conservation should be taken to preserve the beauty that is New Orleans!,Links:,French Quarter Neighborhood | New OrleansWelcome to Cafe Du Monde New Orleans | French Market Coffee StandSt.

Louis Cemetery No.

1https://www.

nationalww2museum.

org/The National WWII MuseumJackson SquareRoyal Street | New Orleans Streets to VisitFrench Market French Market The French Market of Downtown New Orleans, Louisiana!French MarketFree things to do in New OrleansSwamp Tours New Orleans, Honey Island Swamp | Cajunencounters.

comGHOST TOUR - New Orleans Legendary Walking ToursFrenchmen Street | New Orleans Streets to VisitPreservation HallCauseway Bridge | Lake Pontchartrain, LouisianaAmazing guide: New Orleans Travel Guide - Expert Picks for your VacationEdit: Thank you for the 100 upvotes! :D ud83dudcaf

Best haunted house in New Orleans

Well, best example is Nicholas Cage.

,Nicolas Cage made over $150 million acting between 1996 and 2011, including movies like Gone in Sixty Seconds ($20 million), National Treasure ($20 million), Snake Eyes ($16 million) and Windtalkers ($20 million),Image creditForbes listed him as one of the highest-paid actors of all time.

Its said he made $40 million in 2009 alone.

Thats a lot of money!,Unfortunately, the fun was short-lived.

As his income increased, so did his insane buying habits.

,By the time he reached his mid-forties (hes now 53), Nicolas Cage spent so much cash that he put the King of Arabia to shame.

While he blamed his money manager for sending him down a path toward financial ruin, others say it was his crazy personal spending.

,In 2009, the IRS slapped the actor with a $6.

2 million tax lien and Nicolas Cage ended up suing his money manager for fraud and negligence.

,Where did all the money go?1.

Dinosaur skullsA self-proclaimed history buff, Cage allegedly outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a 67-million-year-old Tarbosaurus skull valued at over $300,000.

He also apparently had other dinosaur skulls.

,Image credit2.

Two albino king cobrasAllegedly Cage used the cobras for protection.

Some others say he used it for sexual activities.

,Image credit3.

Two Bahamian IslandsCage bought a 40-acre, $7 million island south of Nassau for his private use.

,Image creditPut Your Money to Good Use Instead of Blowing it All Away.

,4.

The Shah of Irans LamborghiniCage purchased a rare $450,000 Lamborghini Miura SVJ from the late Shah of Iran in 1997.

,Image credit (this is his Ferrari.

I couldnu2019t find the lambo :),5.

Exotic cars and motorcyclesHe also spent millions on other dozens of specialty and vintage vehicles.

In June 2004, he supposedly owned up to 30 motorcycles and 50 cars.

,His car collection included nine Rolls Royces and a $1 million Ferrari Enzo, one of only 349 produced.

,Image credit6.

Luxury yachtsHe bought four yachts, one of which he named Sarita.

It cost $20 million and had 12 master bedrooms.

,Image credit7.

A famous haunted houseCage bought this famed New Orleans house in 2006 for $3.

45 million.

Supposedly the house belonged to a socialite serial killer named Madame LaLaurie, who was the inspiration for the character of Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven.

In the house that Madame LaLaurie would kill and torture slaves in the 1800s.

Legend says its haunted.

,Image credit8.

Shrunken Pymgy headsAccording to visitors, Cage had a collection of heads in his house for unknown reasons.

,Image credit9.

A pyramid tombstoneLocated in New Orleans, this 9 foot tall pyramid tombstone is engraved with Omni Ab Uno, Latin for Everything From One.

Cage bought it.

,Image credit10.

The first Superman comicCage had a collection of comic books that included Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) and Detective Comics 38 (the first appearance of Robin, Batmans sidekick).

,Image creditIt doesnu2019t matter how much money you have if you donu2019t know how to keep it.

Attractions terror on the Fox

I know, it ought to have been a disaster.

,It was conceived as a television pilot, but after the pilot had been cast and shot, the series was dropped.

So Lynch had to scramble to finish the story and convert it into a feature film.

,Iu2019m not going to write a full-scale review of it here; I was drafting one, but I lost most of it somehow or other, so Iu2019ll just confine myself to answering the question What makes Mulholland Drive a good film?Not What is Mulholland Drive about? Or What do you think of Mulholland Drive?The question is, what makes it a good film?And my answer, anyway, is very simple.

,Naomi Watts makes Mulholland Drive a good film.

I like David Lynchu2019s films, but Iu2019m hardly the first person to observe that they can be, well, u2018manneredu2019 is a polite way of putting it.

,At their best, they have a sense of conviction, a feeling that theyu2019re about somethingu2014not some social issue, just a feeling that they are telling us something about ourselves, something deep and strange and primal which can only be communicated in this form.

,At their worst, they feel like Lynch is just pulling story ideas out of his ass and hoping that they will seem significant.

,So, at best: Blue Velvet, with Kyle McLachlanu2019s combination of Boy Scout eagerness and hormonal fascination with spying on a nightclub singer getting undressed, and Laura Dern, coltish and excited and innocent, and Isabella Rossellini as raw as an open wound, and Dennis Hopper blasting through the film on a hurricane of f-bombs and ungovernable rage.

,At worst: Wild at Heart, with everyone (except perhaps Laura Dern) basically phoning it in, and all the poetry replaced by self-conscious bad jokes (Dafoeu2019s character accidentally blowing his own head off).

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, where itu2019s just a haze of mannerisms and nobody seems to know what theyu2019re doing.

,In the middle: Lost Highway, profoundly creepy, for sure, but everyone seems a bit stunned, and towards the end you find yourself looking at your watch.

,Mulholland Drive is up there with the best, I think, and if it werenu2019t for Watts, it wouldnu2019t be.

,,Naomi Watts is a remarkable actor, because she doesnu2019t have many natural assets other than her own skill.

,Sheu2019s undoubtedly very pretty, but in a curiously anonymous way.

Most stars have a sort of physical signature that helps us remember them: Tom Hanksu2019s face always seems to be about to be smiling; Harrison Ford looks increasingly carved out of some kind of mobile stone; Nicole Kidman has that narrow stare, as if born to be in noir; Sandra Bullock has a kind of friendly, authoritative, Head Girl presence about her: Anne Hathaway, with her broad mouth and huge wide eyes, looks like a doll of herself.

,Naomi Watts, on the other handu2014and this isnu2019t a criticism, by the way, people canu2019t help how they looku2014looks like a model in a breakfast cereal advertisement.

The blonde hair, the fresh face, the smile, are all curiously generic.

,This helps to explain why it took her nearly fifteen years to break through as a leading actor.

She plugged away in Australian TV.

She was in the soap opera Home and Away for a few weeks.

She had a minor role in John Duiganu2019s 1991 Flirting, with her good mate Kidman, who was already on the way to being a star.

She had the lead role in a forgotten Fatal Attraction-ish thriller with Jimmy Smits, called Gross Misconduct.

She did her best as the nothing role of Jet Girl in the shit-show that was Tank Girl.

She missed out on leading role after leading role.

,Then Lynch wrote Mulholland Drive, in which he had to cast a single actress to play the fresh-faced ingenue Betty, who has to perform an audition in which she suddenly burns a hole in the screen with sexual intensity, and also the bitter and depressed Diane, the failed actress whose former lover is going on to the success that she never had.

,He reportedly cast Watts on the strength of just her headshot, which if I were Watts, I would find mildly insulting.

,But Watts had been Betty.

And in 1999, at the age of 31, her twenties were behind her with not a single really good role to her name.

Diane was one of her possible futures.

,The rest of the cast in Mulholland Drive are absolutely solid.

It doesnu2019t have as many juicy roles as Blue Velvet, but Laura Elena Harring was excellent in the dual role of wary, fragile Rita, falling in love with Betty, and pitying, superior Camilla, Dianeu2019s old love.

,But the script is a puzzle box.

Like all Lynchu2019s films, it revels in enigma.

To make it work, to give it life, it needed a central performance that wouldnu2019t just do the job and hit the beats, like Balthazar Getty did in Lost Highway, but would bring something extra.

,The real heavy lifting had to be done by Watts.

,,Watts had to convey Bettyu2019s eager optimism, her naivety, her sunny infatuation with the bright lights of Hollywood, as well as her sudden sexual heat in the audition scene, and her falling for the gorgeous Rita, and her growing fear as the second half of the film looms up.

,And then there was Diane.

,She also had to bring the anger, and the jealousy, and the washed-out bitterness, and the mental breakdown.

,Lynchu2019s work is full of terrors and shocks and scares, but in its emotional rawness, the scene in Mulholland Drive where Diane masturbates, weeping, on her sofa, is maybe the most disturbing scene in all his films, as well as one of the most purely compassionate.

Diane has lost everything that meant anything to her, and now her guilt and anger mean that sheu2019s not even in touch with her own body anymore.

,Lynch is famous for not giving actors a lot of direction, and this role was no exception.

Watts has talked about how she had to come up with her own idea of what the hell was going on in the movie:,I had to therefore come up with my own decisions about what this meant and what this character was going through, what was dream and what was reality.

My interpretation could end up being completely different, from both David and the audience.

But I DID have to reconcile all of that, and people seem to think it works.

,She won a bunch of awards, and ever since then, sheu2019s been solidly established.

,She recently did an interview with Stephen Colbert about her upcoming role as Gretchen Carlson in The Loudest Voice, about the Fox News / Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal.

Colbert observed that she had done a lot of horror films, and asked if sheu2019d do a scream.

Watts asked him what kind of scream he wanted, and he suggested the u2018Seeing a cackling skull behind you in the bathroom mirroru2019 type of scream.

You can see Watts getting into the moment, as it were; her expression before she actually does the (blood-curdling) scream is pure Diane.

,,Mulholland Drive is about Hollywood and what the system does to people.

But itu2019s not just about that.

,Over the last moments of the film, as the smoke clears from the final gunshot, we see the LA skyline with Betty and Ritau2019s laughing faces superimposed on it, brightly lit, as if revelling in the success that Betty and Diane always dreamed of, but never got.

,And then that clears, and we see the blue-haired woman from the Club Silencio sequence earlier, who murmurs u2018Silenciou2019, and the film ends.

,This is also the last line of another film about filmmaking: Godardu2019s Le Mu00e9pris.

But Le Mu00e9pris really is a film about compromise, and the demon of the system, and not much else.

The characters steer themselves through the story, and seldom risk much.

,Mulholland Drive, by contrast, is about primal things: hope, and dreams, and lust, and guilt, and rage.

,And those are the things that Naomi Watts brought to it.