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CHRISTOPHER MCKITTERICK

New Orleans Trip Photo Gallery

 

For New Year's Eve 2005 (well, for about 10 days around New Year's proper), we went to New Orleans. We stayed at the Queen & Crescent Hotel just off Canal Street, about a 10-minute walk from the heart of the French Quarter. Here are a few photos from the trip.

You can't go to New Orleans without eating. A lot. I'll begin the tour with some shots of our favorite eateries. But before we get to the photos, to set the scene, let's start with a quotation from Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume:

The minute you land in New Orleans, something wet and dark leaps on you and starts humping you like a swamp dog in heat, and the only way to get that aspect of New Orleans off you is to eat it off. That means beignets and crawfish bisque and jambalaya, it means shrimp remoulade, pecan pie, and red beans 'n rice, it means elegant pompano en papillote, funky filé z'herbes, and raw oysters by the dozen, it means grillades for breakfast, a po-boy with chow-chow at bedtime, and tubs of gumbo in between. It is not unusual for a visitor to the city to gain fifteen pounds in a week - yet the alternative is a whole lot worse. If you don't eat day and night, if you don't constantly funnel the indigenous flavors into your bloodstream, then the mystery beast will keep on humping you, and you will feel its sordid presence rubbing against you long after you have left town. In fact, like any sex offender, it can leave permanent psychological scars.

Perhaps we just didn't eat enough. Well.

It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a shot like this.
Jackson Square is right behind that gate:


Here's a shot of me on the Jackson Street trolley.
I can't say how much I hope that those trolleys survived the storms:

















I hope you enjoyed the little gallery! Let me know if you'd like to see more; I have loads of photos from the trip.

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