Thursday, November 10, 2005

French Quarter Walking Tour by Se7en


My blogging friend Se7en who lives in New Orleans took a walking tour of the French Quarter and posted some pictures on his blog. He also took a short video which you can watch at the end of the post. A couple of weeks ago, I saw some pictures of Jackson Square taken on a Friday and Decatur was deserted. It was very depressing. Se7en's pictures are a bit more uplifting and the video shows people and cars and you can even hear music coming from the bars.

The saddest part of the post for me is the picture of the Cat's Meow. Se7en mentions that although the Cat's Meow doesn't appear to be damaged from the outside, it's still closed. I think it probably has something to do with the fact that the bar in the middle of the Cat's Meow near the restrooms downstairs is actually in a small courtyard. I'm guessing the courtyard bar, the stairs leading up to the second floor bar and the downstairs restrooms probably had a lot of damage.

The funny thing about that courtyard bar at Cat's is that most people don't realize that it's a courtyard and that it's open to the sky. I had been to New Orleans at least a half dozen times when someone said something about the courtyard at the Cat's Meow and I said, "What courtyard?" When I bring people to the Cat's Meow for the first time, I never point out the courtyard. Then, the next day I tell them about it and they don't believe me. When we go back the second night they always say something along the lines of, "Well, I'll be damned. It is a fucking courtyard."

7 comments:

Rhonda said...

I have never been to New Orleans, and it is the one place that I have always wanted to visit. It seems so sad, now.

Someday, you know, after I graduate and get a job and a life, I will go and visit.

Laurie, can you give me an itinerary to follow, so that I don't miss any of the good parts?

Vettacini Sheppard said...

I've tried to leave a comment twice. However, I have so many damn passwords to remember, I can't seem to publish them. I just woke Julie up and right now I would like to smash in my computer screen but I think I will call it a night. I doubt this will publish, but the spirit of New Orleans never goes away. I know a little bit about it. About as much as I know about trying to publish this &*&^^^^ comment. -

Laurie said...

Rhonda - I'll post a basic itinerary here for everyone to see.

Davie - Get some sleep!

Stephen said...

The REAL sad part about that whole Katrina mess is that so many of the evacuees are not returning to the city. It's like the population has SO shrunk. Thank God my relatives are rebuilding. They could never leave. I really hope you enjoy your trip when you go.

Laurie said...

Stephen - I know it's still hard driving around Beaumont and seeing all the debris and torn up buildings so I can't imagine how sad it must be to drive around New Orleans. Maybe people who have decided not to go back will go back eventually. I'm glad your family is rebuilding.

Rhonda said...

My daughter attends school with one of the kids displaced from New Orleans, and their family just could not wait any longer for FEMA help, so they just started their lives over here, in College Station.
I just cannot imagine...

Laurie said...

Rhonda - That's so sad but from my very minor evacuation experience, I can say that you become desperate for any sense of normalcy. It's a very weird situation to be in.