Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weekend in The Big Easy

The wife and I recently returned from a great weekend trip to New Orleans. It is an amazing city full of culture and life. During the drive in we were amazed to see the areas of town still devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but by the time we made our way to the French Quarter those concerns were all but forgotten. We stayed just across Canal St. a block away from Bourbon St. A great location, we were close enough to the party, but far enough that it was quiet when we decided to retire for the evening. We spent the first evening dining Cajun cuisine, people watching from the balconies on Bourbon St, and finally winding down our night listening to some pronominal Jazz from the house band at Fritzel's European Jazz Pub.
The Second day we got to enjoy more of the city strolling into numerous galleries ant art boutiques as we made our way to Jackson Square and an art market. The Street Artists were amazing and immeasurable in their different styles. We picked up a print from an amazing painter Barbara Yochum. There were also a lot of interesting pieces created from old roof shingles, fence posts, doors, and other remnants from Katrina.
After the art market we took an interesting historical tour of the cemeteries of New Orleans and saw, among other things, the site that the notorious LSD scene from "Easyriders" was shot. We also learned a great deal about the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, a truly fascinating woman.

Finally, we returned to Bourbon St to enjoy some more delicious food and a taste or the nightlife.

If you haven't been to the Big Easy I highly recommend it, There's great art, wonderful food, and a ton of fascinating history! While you're there don't forget to stop by Tropical Isle and have a Hand Grenade for me!