I flew into New Orleans, setting foot in Louisiana, the 47th State in which I had set foot. From all accounts, New Orleans promised to be magical -- and it was. The trip was also surreal.
I stayed at the Quality Inn, on O'Keefe Avenue, walking distance from the action surrounding and on Bourbon Street. I highly recommend the location, as it is reasonably priced as far as hotels in downtown New Orleans go, and the staff was super friendly and helpful. I was allowed to use their computer by request, and they helped substantially with other needs that arose, as I will describe.
I arrived well after midnight on Friday, September 3. The following morning, I had a good breakfast at The Original Pierre Maspero's. Here are some pictures:
I bought some beads next:
Then I enjoyed my trip around Jackson Square:
I perused the St. Louis Cathedral and the shops, buying a mask. Here is the link to Jackson Square:
Next, and by accident, I found the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, where I was able to sample some local musicians for free! I learned about jazz -- and how if you have to ask what it is, you don't know:
Make no mistake about it, those children are talented. Here is the link:
I was only short walk from the French Market:
I really enjoyed Bill Hemmerling's Art, which I saw at an unplanned stop at a gallery for Southern Art:
I learned about how Mr. Hemmerling had begun a career in art in his final five years of life, after he had been released from his work at Sears.
I also enjoyed Faulkner's House of Books:
There was iced tea at Cafe Royal:
Followed by a nice upstairs patio lunch!
And as I'm sure that is a lot to digest, I'll stop there...for now. :) More on New Orleans, later!