Photos are at May & Jun 2017: New Orleans.
Back in late May/early June, I headed down to New Orleans for the 2017 American Crystallographic Association (ACA) meeting. The meeting went well (even considering I had to run a workshop on my own due to some colleagues flight from London being canceled). The meeting ran Friday through Tuesday. I stuck around until Friday to see some of the city as I had never been. On Wednesday, I moved hotels from downtown (right next to the Superdome) down into the edge of the French Quarter, specifically Maison Dupuy. This was a great hotel a close to Bourbon Street but far enough to have a calmer feel. After checking in, I wandered through the French Quarter, had some beignets at the famous Cafe du Monde, and visited the Old Mint and the French Market. I also visited the Katrina exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum which was excellent.
On Thursday, I spent the day at the phenomenally good National WWII Museum. This was one of the main reasons for me staying longer and I wasn’t disappointed. (You may ask why there’s a WWII museum in New Orleans – two reasons: 1) Stephen Ambrose, who was truly one of the leading WWII historians, lived and taught in NoLa and 2) the Higgins Boat landing craft, made famous during the D-Day landings, were invented and manufactured in NoLa. The museum was excellent and I can’t recommended it highly enough. That evening I was able to catch some decent Blues at one of the bars on Bourbon St.
I had a couple of hours on Friday before my flight home so I poked around the French Quarter some more before heading to the airport. New Orleans was kind of cool and I’m glad I visited. I don’t feel a pressing desire to return but wouldn’t turn down a trip.