2 Feb 2018
We arrived in New Orleans around midday on Friday and were welcomed by the large amount of traffic and congestion that I am sure exists all the time, complicated now by Mardi Gras parades and street closings. Since we stopped at the welcome center on I-10, we had some good advice on how to navigate to our hotel located across the street from the convention center. Once we gathered at the hotel, it was decided that we would abandon our original plan of using the trolley system to move around. Instead, we decided to use our feet. We ended up walking about 15 miles in the two days of exploring New Orleans.
Our first outing had us heading to the French Quarter to see the more famous parts of the City. We came upon several parades and lots and lots of people. Some of which were clearly going to be paying later for the fun they were having now.
The first thing we saw was a reminder of Hurricane Katrina in front of the park next to our hotel.
In the French Quarter, it was clear that the party was in full swing.
We then landed in Jackson Square and decided to visit the Cabildo museum before it closed. The museum was damaged again in the latest hurricanes and had only some sections open. One of the most interesting items was the death mask of Napoleon. One of four originals cast in bronze.
In Jackson Square, we spent some time watching the antics of the people. There was a great view of the square the from Mississippi River Levy. The levies were getting much needed repairs. Later that evening we would dine at the famous Mureil’s