New Orleans

January 2, 2008 11:11 – 11:11

We’ve just spent our 2nd night on the 6th floor of the Country Inn & Suites in Kenner, LA. Yesterday, we ventured into New Orleans, in search of Storyville. We found it, and were also looking for Louis Armstrong Park. We encountered many closed gates. We were close to giving up, but decided to circumnavigate it in search of an entrance. Our diligence paid off, and we found a solitary open entrance… where there were myriad NO police cars that seemingly live there. In any event, the park is quite photogenic, and we took many pictures.

There’s this larger than lifesize sculpture of the larger-than-life Louis in the middle of the park. Trademark handkerchief and trumpet in hand, he’s watching over the place.

Some Asian tourists, whom Katie told how to get into the park, eventually found their way in, and one of them—who’d brought his sax—decided to play with Louis.

After the park, we drove around to see a number of the old jazz hangouts from Storyville’s days gone by. Unfortunately, many of them had been damaged or destroyed by Katrina. The amount and duration of the damage is mind-blowing.

We hit the Decatur Street area for lunch—Fiorella’s Café. Their fried chicken had been highly touted, but I found it overcooked and pedestrian. Karen & Katie had po boys (shrimp and chicken, respectively), which were also not up to par. Another legend bites the dust.

After lunch, we hit more spots, driving along Lake Pontchartrain and along the Mississippi. For dinner, we decided to have something healthy, so we hit this middle eastern place called Mona’s Café. It was quite good. We finished up our café day at Café du Monde, having beignets, coffee, and hot chocolate. Their beignets are still as good and as messy as I remember.

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