TL november 2010 iPad
[MUSIC] My name is Thomas Beller. I moved to New Orleans from New York City in 2008. What struck me immediately was the city's beauty. You don't have to seek it out, it hits you right away. You see it walking around in the French quarter, the Garden District. You see it in the architecture, the foliage, the light. But beyond that first impression, what struck me about New Orleans was how many layers there were. In its food, its music, its history, and its culture. And how many of those layers are visible and [UNKNOWN] in the present You see this in the city's cuisine. It's traditions around food, it's drinks and you see it in the architecture. In New Orleans there is so much outrageous gorgeousness and personality everywhere you look and I don't just mean in the famous districts. The beauty and charm of New Orleans goes on for miles. The feeling is one of abundance and the effect is cumulative. It's musical. The city functions as an ensemble, all the elements combined to create the mood, and the mood is enveloping. I got in the habit of roaming around in a car or on my Vespa looking at places block to block and seeking out the many nooks and crannies that makes New Orleans Such an endless discovery. [MUSIC] [LAUGH] Yeah, man. That's really great.