New Orleans Journals

New Orleans: 9 Months After Katrina

A December 2007 trip to New Orleans by ArnyZona

Angelis Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: Our second visit to this beautiful city; hope and despair, joy and tears; and most of all the stories of the survivors got to us.

New Orleans: 9 Months After Katrina

Overview

The quiet part of Bourbon Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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On this trip we drove from Key West via the west coast of Florida to New Orleans, 9 months after hurricane Katrina hit the area. After the panhandle the devastation got worse and it didn't feel like a holiday anymore. When we crossed the bridge and drove into the desolated suburbs of New Orleans it felt like we were entering a ghost town. We've been to a couple of ghost towns in the south-west, but this was eerie. Like a bad horror movie...We only saw abandoned houses, closed shopping malls, and empty streets. Only when we reached the French Quarter we saw the first people. We checked in to our hotel with tears in our eyes.What the hell were we doing there? Later that evenin...Read More

Le Richelieu

Hotel

Le Richelieu Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Well here's a taste of the old French history of New Orleans. This historical hotel kept its chique and is still reasonably priced. Where else can you find a pool in little garden with free parking space?
But the best is the view from the balcony downwards the business district; you can see the cathedral at Jackson square and the skyscrapers of downtown. Some of the best restaurants are just around the corner!

Le Richelieu is a hotel that's at least two classes higher than you are paying for. Oh and the staff... They are so helpful you don't need a tourist office!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2007

Le Richelieu
1234 Chartres St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 529-2492

Angeli's

Restaurant | "Café Angeli"

Angeli's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Café Angeli was our home base on our two New Orleans visit. This place serves great Italian breakfast bread roles with lots of lettuce. And they can cook a great pasta too!

The atmosphere is really mellow, since most of the customers are locals. It is right across the market on the north riverside of the French Quarter. In the evening you can catch some great jazz bands or jam sessions. The people that work there are really helpful and can give you tips where to stay or what store to visit. it is one of the only places that stay open until 4 o'clock, where you can get a guiness or a nice snack before you hit your hotel bed!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2007

Angeli's
1141 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 566 0077

Gallery for Fine Photography (A)

Attraction | "A Gallery for Fine Photography"

Gallery for Fine Photography (A) Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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OK, this is expensive if you want to buy something! Most people can't afford an Edward S. Curtis for about 12.000 dollars. But where else can you see original prints from Ansel Adams, Curtis, Diane Arbus, and Helmut Newton?
They also have a great photo book section. Not cheap but you can find the books you wanted all your life here!
Also the staff are super friendly and are always willing to show you the top of their collection!
The best photo gallery I've been to! And no entrance fee...

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2007

Gallery for Fine Photography (A)
241 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 568-1313

French Quarter

Attraction | "Just Stroll... and Enjoy the Music!"

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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There is no other city in the world where you can enjoy such variety of music in the streets. From the obvious Cajun/Zydeco to the dixieland Jazz, and everything between it. On almost every street corner you can find a band or a singer with a guitar. And every bar or pub has a band playing. Just stay away from the karaoke/cover band strip on Bourbon Street. Oh and if you ever see a parade following a street band, join in and get in to the groove... You might end up at the cemetary... paying your regards to some funky dude that just died. And you'll be drinking on his tap!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2007

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

Café Absinth

Attraction

cafe absinth Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Wondering why it's called the French Quarter? Well this is the real French version of a pub! Absinth like it used to be served and Irish Guinness. What else do you need? Although you are in the middle of the French Quarter, it still is a secret place and only visited by locals!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2007

Audubon Zoo

Attraction | "St. Charles Avenue and Audubon park & zoo"

Audubon Zoo Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The real jem of this trip is the ride on the Streetcar over St. Charles Avenue . Remember Tennessee Williams novel 'Streetcar named Desire" and the movie with Marlon Brando? Well this is the location!The avenue breathes the past of the old colonial times and is a wide street with old oaks on each side and in the middle. The houses on the avenue sometimes look like the old plantage mansion and diver in stile from italian, french and victorian. The park is build on old plantation grounds and it shows. Sometimes you feel like you are in the middle of 'Gone with the wind'. The Zoo contains a beautifull recreated Louisianna swamp. With aligators, snakes, birds and other local wildlife that isn'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2007

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans 70118
(504) 581-4629