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A Week In the Bayout, Day 5(b): May 5, 2008

May 24th, 2008 (07:19 pm)
cheerful

current mood: cheerful

Finally I'm posting more photos of my trip to New Orleans. These start immediately after my visit to the cemetery that morning. From there I headed away from the Quarter into the non-tourist part of the city. Here, the damage from Hurricane Katrina was still apparent. But I also happened upon a beautiful little Catholic church with mosaics I couldn't resist. Then it was back to the French Quarter to be a tourist again, and to my room that evening for an extra special surprise.

11:53 a.m. Tent City
11:53 a.m. Tent City
These people, displaced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina, are still living in tents under an overpass, not far from the French Quarter. A man who has been living here since the hurricane led me to this sight, saying I had to see the REAL New Orleans. Sorry the picture isn't better; I felt like it would be intruding to move closer.
12:08 p.m.
12:08 p.m.
I stopped in at this beautiful Catholic church and was awed by the statues and mosaics.
1:04 p.m. Doreen's Jazz
1:04 p.m. Doreen's Jazz
Everywhere you look on Bourbon Street and for blocks around, jazz performers and other musicians are singing and playing their hearts out, both inside the clubs and on the street corners. This jazz and blues singer and clarinet player, who records as "Doreen's Jazz," performed with a small combo on Royal Street. I fell in love with her rich voice and fluid playing, and stopped by over and over again to listen to her during my stay (and to buy her CD).
1:52 p.m. Streetcar
1:52 p.m. Streetcar
I'm not sure if this one was named Desire, but it is the right city for it!
1:54 p.m. Rollin' On the River
1:54 p.m. A genuine New Orleans Riverboat
1:58 p.m. Urban Jungle?
1:58 p.m. Urban Jungle?
Tropics-like foliage near Jackson Square, in the heart of the city.
1:58 p.m. Jackson Square
1:58 p.m. Jackson Square
2:01 Cafe Du Monde
2:01 Cafe Du Monde
This famous cafe off of Jackson Square is the quintessential New Orleans spot for beignets and a latte. So of course I had to stop in.
2:05 p.m. Another Pretty Balcony
2:05 p.m. Another Pretty Balcony
2:07 Cafe Du Monde, Part 2
2:07 Cafe Du Monde, Part 2
For some reason, this one reminds me of The Boating Party.
3:51 p.m.
3:51 p.m.
I loved the contrast of the pink flowers against the intricate white gingerbreading of this balcony.
4:21 p.m. Gateway
4:21 p.m. Gateway
This lovely gate sheltered the doorway of a Creole house I toured. This house, built around 1860, was way ahead of its time, boasting a skylight and indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water.
5:30 p.m. Happy Anniversary!
5:30 p.m. Happy Anniversary!
Did I mention that this day, May 5, was my wedding anniversary? I was surprised to return to my hotel room to find a huge, gorgeous bouquet of flowers my husband had sent. I had been feeling bad about being away, so I was doubly glad that I had just arranged for a very special anniversary gift for my sweetie. (I won't say what it is because he hasn't seen it yet, since we decided to put off celebrating until we can plan an evening of it.) Two days later, the flowers still looked fresh and beautiful, but I had to leave town and couldn't bring them on the plane. So on my way out, I gave them to the hotel desk clerk to dress up the lobby.

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Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: May 25th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Me in Color

Happy Anniversary, You!

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