During my short stay in New Orleans over the weekend, I re-discovered that it's a fantastic town. Yes, even the tacky tourist portions. The trip as a whole was a blast, and we all had a great time. I know this is a family oriented blog, so I will keep the gruesome details out of it.
The French Quarter where we stayed was a great place to hang out. The music was varied and plentiful, and there were so many sights that you just couldn't catch it all. I am sure I annoyed the crew by having my camera, but I did want to record some of the city in my short walks around.
One thing I noticed was how the French Quarter is really two different worlds. In the morning you have a serene and beautiful place. The old buildings really have some character, and people are out cleaning and getting ready for the day. The evenings are completely different. There are thousands of people walking around, everyone is having fun, and the whole place is a colorful noisy party with the thump of club music, blues, zydeco, and jazz competing for space in your eardrums. I like both of these faces that the French Quarter presents, but it was pretty amazing just how different the same streets can be when viewed at different times.
Naturally being a parent, I couldn't sleep past 7:30 a.m. even when getting to bed at 2-3am, so I had a chance to go wander around as the rest of the group slept until 10 a.m. or so.
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