It was muggy-lovely in New Orleans this morning, overcast and very June. I have never been to NO ALA and when driving past the convention center the shuttle driver said it was ten blocks large. That might be a slight exaggeration, but I’m glad I brought my GPS. Comfortable shoes take on a whole new meaning here.
My first activity was the City/Katrina Tour given by Grey Line Tours. To see the destruction and displacemnt first-hand was both facinating and heart-breaking. The hightlight of this part of the tour were the “Shotgun” houses being built and donated by Brad Pitt. These are houses which are long and thin, some built on stilts, a style popular in the south.
Other highlights were the Thomas Sully Wedding Cake House, Anne Rice’s childhood home, and City Park, and the neighborhood for musicians. (Where else is there a neighborhood for musicians?) It was a good tour with some color and, as our guide loved chatting about NOLA cuisine, flavor. So, now, off to Drago’s for char-broiled oysters.