all photos by WAYNE BRUCAR

Wayne and I love New Orleans and have been to “The Big Easy” many times.  We  just returned from our first trip back since Hurricane Katrina hit in October, 2005.  After 3 1/2 years, New Orleans is slowly coming back from the devastation of that hurricane.  It was as much fun as it always has been to be there, and in spite of some subtle differences, we had no trouble finding great food, music, scenery and relaxation.  We returned to some of our favorite places – The Old Coffee Pot, Mothers, Red Fish Grille, the Garden District and galleries on Royal Street.  We also found some new spots and had some new adventures – The Crazy Lobster, Plantation Laura tour, galleries and museums in the Arts District, and Audubon Park and Zoo.   We heard wonderful New Orleans music at the Royal Sonesta jazz club as well as on the street, and we were happy to find one of our favorites, Doreen, still going strong. 

New Orleans has not yet returned to the level of tourism from pre-Katrina, and if you’re in the mood for a get-away, this is definitely a place for many wildly varied experiences.  From the decadence of Bourbon Street to the elegance of the Garden District and the beauty of Audubon Park, here are some photos from NOLA.  So “Laissez les bon temps rollez” or Let the good times roll!

Blog4“We’re jazzed you’re here” – the ever-present trolley makes it quite easy to get around

Blog3Bird of Paradise at Audubon Park

Blog1Egret at Audubon Park – There were hundreds of them!

Blog6Audubon Park

Blog11Audubon Zoo

Blog12Did you ever see a white alligator?

Blog8Jackson Square where there is usually music, art and good people-watching

Blog18And here’s Doreen – We found Doreen and Lawrence Ketchens on Royal Street

Blog16This was the first time we saw a street musician with a piano!

Blog23Beautiful windows in the Garden District

Blog26The Garden District

NOLA – Cajun food, incredible jazz, beautiful parks, history and a variety of art.  It’s only a 2 hour flight from Chicago – what a fascinating and relaxing get-away!


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One response to “SPIRITof NEW ORLEANS

  1. Beautiful pictures, Wayne! I must get down there sometime. I’m glad you had such a good trip.

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