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A Week In the Bayou, Day 4(a): May 4, 2008

May 20th, 2008 (10:49 am)
cheerful

current mood: cheerful

Today I'm doing something a little different. It's just too hard to narrow down the choice of photos; New Orleans is too picturesque. So I'm posting today's (actually, May 4's) photos in two batches. This first batch, 4a, will be shots of coming into the city, and of the hotel in the French Quarter where I stayed.

Everyone keeps asking me what remains of the havoc Hurricane Katrina caused to the city. In the French Quarter, there wasn't any flooding. Some buildings were damaged, but the damage has been long repaired. So there really were no visible signs of Katrina in the French Quarter, at least to my never-in-New-Orleans-before-Katrina eyes. I did venture out into other parts of the city, and took some pictures of still-ruined buildings -- and tents that people have been living in ever since the waters receded.On the way back to the airport a few days later, I also saw from the interstate whole residential neighborhoods that still looked devastated. But I didn't see any of that on May 4, my first day in town.

Here is some of what I did see....


2:52 p.m.
2:52 p.m.
An amusement park near the interstate, about an hour outside of New Orleans. I photographed this on my drive from Baton Rouge.
3:53 p.m. New Orleans Skyline
3:53 p.m. New Orleans Skyline
Coming into the city.
4:26 p.m. View From My Hotel Room
4:26 p.m. View From My Hotel Room
I know, a lot of it looks rather shabby and dilapidated. But that's part of the unique charm of the French Quarter. Besides, this photo doesn't do it justice. From this window, I could see layers upon layers of roofs and buildings in different sizes, colors, and textures - everything from crumbling walls to sleek modern highrises.
6:06 p.m. Prince Conti Hotel Sign
6:06 p.m. Prince Conti Hotel Sign
This was my hotel in the French Quarter, the Prince Conti.
7:07 p.m.
7:07 p.m. The Prince Conti Hotel
Here is the hotel. This was a terrific location. It's on Conti Street, a nicely quiet cross-street only a half-block from the fun and craziness of Bourbon Street. Under the middle awning is actually a driveway, with valet parking.
7:08 p.m.
7:08 p.m.
Cool lanterns at the entrance to the hotel lobby.
7:08 p.m. Hotel Lobby
7:08 p.m. Hotel Lobby
This is the small, cute lobby of the Prince Conti Hotel, elegant but informal. And it has books. And a computer for printing out your boarding passes. What more could you want?
7:09 p.m. The Elevator
7:09 p.m. The Elevator
This one is for my son, who really likes elevators. And it's a pretty nice one, as far as hotel elevators go.