Winter is Coming
Spring may be here but don’t be fooled, Winter is coming. I don’t know about all of you, but here at The Savvy Native we are just a tad bit excited for the premier of Game of Thrones Season 8 on April 14. We watched the trailer at least one hundred times. All this speculating about what happens in the final season of the series made us realize our hometown is not so different from the fictional setting of Game of Thrones. There are 3 glaring ways our own beloved New Orleans is like Westeros.
Let’s Talk About Queens, Baby
Marie Laveau the voodoo queen of New Orleans, and Cersei Lannister the current throne-sitter in King’s Landing, have a couple of things in common. Feared and respected, both of these queens were involved in controversial romances. Marie Laveau engaged in a long-term relationship with a white Louisiana businessman. At the time, they could not legally marry. Cersei Lannister continues a relationship with her brother Jaime and we’ll just leave that right over there in the corner. Religion played an interesting role in the lives of both women. Many misunderstood Marie Laveau’s practice of voodoo and Cersei Lannister has a troubled background with the High Sparrow. Walk of shame anyone?
Here Be Dragons
GOT fans are familiar with the dragons destined to battle beside humans to defeat the Night King and his white walkers. However, it appears we lost Viserion at the end of last season when he fell into the Night King’s clutches. Or did we? Everyone knows that dragons are dangerous and not to be trifled with. Similarly, alligators are New Orleans’ own dangerous creatures. Chinese culture considered alligators living dragons. They won’t swoop down on you from the heavens but you should watch where you step.
Who Shall Lead Us (to the Best Food)?
Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, oh my! The families of Westeros are in constant battle for control of the Iron Throne. Many lives have been lost in this quest for ultimate power. We do not know who will prevail although our theory is one of each. So who has the best food in New Orleans? Warring factions abound. Many different restaurants boast the best gumbo, muffuletta, and jambalaya. Unlike the danger involved in picking a side in the fictional world of Westeros, the only danger you might face deciding this delicious question is an expanding waistline.
However, you can simply get rid of those extra calories off by taking one of The Savvy Native walking tours. Now is a great time to visit The Big Easy because the weather is wonderful. Know of more than these 3 ways New Orleans is like Westeros? Let us know in the comments.
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