New Orleans was an unforgettable trip. I encourage everyone to go to for a weekend or service trip. Besides the usual Bourbon Street and Mardis Gras type excitement, I really enjoyed the culture, food, Southern charm, architecture and the ability to first hand see the impact and rebuild since Hurricane Katrina.
My friend and I had to have a $10 Hurricane and listen to some blues on Bourbon Street. Although we did not partake in all the frozen drinks, cheap beer specials, walking on the streets open containers, there were many other visitors definitely enjoyed themselves.
On various street corners there were tiles with historic explanations.
A lot of buildings have remnants of old advertising such as the Ginger Mint Julep on Decateur.
We wandered the Botanical Garden, which was completely rebuilt by volunteers after the hurricane and enjoyed the rose gardens, herb gardens, Japanese garden, but best of all the water lilies.
It is not difficult to envision Monet painting these lovely plant life himself.
Feather masks are quite common in Venice, however in New Orleans, you can buy the expensive handmade type and cheap ones (made in China).
Walking by the Mighty Mississippi, there were many musicians playing jazz.
Andrew Jackson Square, French QuarterAn example of a building with balcony
Anne Rice’s former home, now owned by Nicholas Cage (Garden District)
Colorful columns under the Louis Armstrong Bridge