I couldn't believe it when I saw a Fur department in a New Orleans department store. I mean, the furs were just out there in the open -- not under wraps or hidden away like they would be over here.
Here's Mel checking out the price tags:
This was just one of the big differences I noticed between England and the American South. Animal rights is a huge thing over here -- if you even try to wear a fur on the street, you will be hassled and someone will throw paint on it if they can.
It would be unheard of that you could actually display furs in a department store like that, and they would be untouched. In England, they would be destroyed within moments. No kidding. Animal rights are very important here.
(I counted three women wearing fur coats at my god-daughter's wedding. It's so unusual a sight to see here that I noticed them immediately and stared.)
OK, that was one big difference I noticed, and the other was that you can smoke anywhere you want in Natchez -- even in small restaurants. I thought smoking in public was dead, but no.