Here is the statue of Satchmo himself, in Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park. Other images from the park appear below.
The front of St. Louis Cathedral by day. Jackson Square, New Orleans.
After the museum, I stopped into Central Grocery for one of New Orleans’ famous sandwiches, the Muffuletta. Very good, especially if you love olives, which I do.
The Hurricane Katrina Exhibit at the Presbytère Museum houses a series of compelling photographs and vast video footage of the hurricane’s construction. I highly recommend a trip to this museum. Video here, here, and here. More photos below. “Natural disaster?” I don’t think so. The museum featured this and other pre-hurricane quotes, to show that those…
Musicians in Jackson Square. Video here and here.
My last night in New Orleans was no big deal: Dinner and a Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House; Kermit Ruffins performing at a charity fundraiser (Kingsley House); a sazerac at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop; and live brass music on Frenchmen Street. I chased down everything and got it all. This town is magical! So long, New…
The Young Fellaz Brass Band was out on Frenchmen and Chartres again tonight. I love them so much. When you see this video of them singing and playing “Happy Birthday” to a crowd member, you will love them, too! More video of tonight’s performance here, here, here, here, and here.
Drowning my sorrows about my impending New Orleans departure in a sazerac by candlelight, at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. “Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing just came on in the bar. Yes. New Orleans, I owe it all to you.
Kermit Ruffins performing at a charity fundraiser for Kingsley House, a nonprofit that educates and advocates on issues affecting children, families, seniors, and disabled people throughout the southeastern Louisiana community. Video here, here, and here.
Subject line of the email that United Airlines just sent me: “Check in now for your flight to San Francisco, CA, US (SFO).” My response: “No.”