Chopin in New Orleans
NARRATOR: The Chopins were surrounded by people of several different nationalities while living in New Orleans�Irish, Italian, African-American and German.The Chopins still maintained their French lifestyle. But, they chose homes that were far from the French quarter. First they lived in a duplex on magazine street. Then they moved to a larger house in the fashionable and expanding "uptown" or American district to accommodate their growing family, which included two servants. When Kate got a chance to venture around the city she loved it.
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One of the things she loved was to ride the streetcar and to be able to walk and to be able to see the wide variety of people and places and situations. There were a lot of Italians in New Orleans as well as a lot of blacks, African Americans. It was just, it was bustling and it had an aura of mystery and shadows.
NARRATOR: Chopin no doubt also loved the beautiful trees and shrubbery that lined the streets of New Orleans, a sight residents and visitors of New Orleans still enjoy today.