Oops. I forgot about Alexandria. I've been so busy this summer preparing for upcoming World Tour Presentations, that posting my latest blog slipped my mind. I kept putting off Alexandria because it seemed the most obvious. When I told people I was on a Louisiana World Tour, many responded with "so you're going to Alexandria, right?" I guess it lacked the intrigue of Poland or China in my mind. In fact, I passed through Alexandria many times en route to other destinations like and Vienna. Finally though, the day came where I would visit the largest town on the World Tour, and I happily encountered an adventure in getting there. It was late last spring when after photographing the China Cemetery, I decide to venture off to Alexandria. What I didn't realize was that I was going to pass through another venerable town - Turkey Creek, Louisiana.
I found this especially exciting, because in just a few short months, I will be visiting the country ofTurkey. I wonder how it will compare to Louisiana's Turkey Creek.
In Alexandria, I knew I wasn't going to find Egyptian Antiquity, but I did find a colonnade:
Okay, so really it was an LSU building. But with its history, it was easy to capture an historic feel.
Arch * Tree & Window * Alexandria Museum
The downtown area has a lot of quirky architecture, and I was drawn to photographing shapes...
as well as the government buildings. (Alexandria is the parish seat of Rapides Parish).
Rapides Parish Courthouse * Alexandria US Flag * Court House
Alexandria may be the most populated destination on the World Tour, but it definitely retains its small town feel.
Red River Candy Co. * Daily Town Talk * Weiss & Goldring
Even the graffiti seemed harmless:
I ended my visit to Alexandria with a walk to the Red River.
I found it humorous that the city I most avoided going to was the one i photographed the most. Maybe it was because Alexandria was the largest, maybe it was how I chose to photograph it, or maybe it was because part of the World Tour is about opening up to new experiences and perceptions.
Yes, I think that's it.
(c) Natasha Sanchez