I'm going to be going to New Orleans over the Christmas holiday, and I thought I'd revisit the first time I went there, during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend nearly three years ago. $250 round-trip airfare did me in. ;-)
New Orleans is meant to be seen at night, especially the French Quarter.
One of my first orders of business was going to the venerable Preservation Hall for some jazz.
I stayed for about a set and a half.
Some only stayed for less than a set.
Cafe du Monde, open 24 hours
All they serve is chicory coffee and beignets (including a ton of powdered sugar... don't wear black while eating, trust me).
St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square can be spooky at night.
After all, this is the city featured in Interview with the Vampire.
Acme Oyster House.
So fresh, and so cheap.
Saturday night in NOLA.
I got fleeced for a few bucks after I held this sign (I'm naive).
The architecture in the Vieux Carre (French Quarter) is striking.
Pirates Alley, behind St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral, seen from the banks of the Mississippi
Andrew Jackson's statue, featuring the controversial post-Civil War quote "The Union must and shall be preserved" (Old Hickory saved New Orleans from the British in 1815, long before the Civil War).
Inside the cathedral
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
A painting by Alex Katz, one of my two favorite living painters
"O Lord, bless this Thy holy hand grenade, that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy." The hand grenade is, of course, a famous drink in NOLA (it's incredibly powerful).
Time for some more jazz, this time at the Maison Bourbon.
And a nightcap at Pat O'Brien's, home of the Hurricane (and a cool fountain).
New Orleans looks great from the Mississippi.
MLK Day meant a parade.
An extravagant one.
St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, a famous burial site, and long considered one of the most haunted places in the United States (it was pretty empty and calm when I went by).
There's a legend about someone relatively famous (this century) making off with this head... can't remember the legend now.
Buskers, French Quarter
The Presbytere, adjacent to St Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square
I'm really looking forward to returning to New Orleans: laissez les bons temps rouler!