I visited New Orleans for the first time in early May. I wasglad to see that it had recovered very well from the Katrinaaftermath. I like to walk so that was my mode of exploration. I also took the St Charles Street Trolley whichis a nice experience. I had decided before going that I wanted to see the new Smithsonian affiliated WWIImuseum, the French Quarter with its oldest CatholicCathedral in the US, St Louis Cathedral, the many museums, great restaurants, bars, art stores, antiquestores and its French Market which is near the Joan of Arcstatue on the cover. It was given to the city by Orleans,France. The best chuckle from the trip was a neon sign onthe front of the Hard Rock Café. You will see the picturelater. The Ursuline Convent was an interesting place withlots of history starting with it dating from the beginning of the city in the early 18
century.People watching was fun almost everywhere. I found thepeople to be friendly and in good humor everywhere. I wear a broad-
brimmed “breezer” hat when I am going to
be in the sun, a habit I formed after the fun of squamouscell skin cancer 7 years ago. Several times while walkingthrough the French Quarter people would come up to me
and say, “I like that hat.” Funny. I also learned that if you
explore the French Quarter in the early morning ateightish, it is very uncrowded with only business ownersscrubbing the sidewalks and hosing them off. Nothingexcept the liquor stores are open early.