As promised, after showing you my photos of the streets of New Orleans, here’s what it looked like at night. Kohler took us to the best restaurants. New Orleans is all about food and music… and the streets. I loved it here!
Dinner at Arnaud’s.
Because the restaurant is made up of 17 “apartments” put together, I was pretty sure the place had spirits. I did a few spooky selfies in Instagram. Then the website says this, “More than one waiter has been startled to see a gentleman dressed in a turn of the century tuxedo standing in the far left corner of the main dining room at the beveled glass windows.”
At Tommy’s with Kohler team from Wisconsin.
The Napoleon House. This is the house of Mayor Girod built in 1814. He offered this house as a place of refuge for Napoleon Bonaparte in a plot to rescue him from exile. Napoleon never made it but the name stuck.
The historical Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel with Paul Ninas murals.
Here are more photos of the more popular side of New Orleans. Bourbon Street on a regular Saturday and Sunday night. Our hotel was right on the corner of Bourbon and Canal Streets. I was surprised that the hotel gave out earplugs with the vanity kit. My colleagues’ rooms faced Bourbon. And from the third floor they could hear everything, even drunken conversations at 3AM. I slept like a baby because my room faced the other way.
Bourbon Street is crazy but if you’ve been to Boracay now or Malate in the 90’s, you get the picture. I can only imagine what it’s like on Mardi Gras. Not that I’d like to go. There were a couple of NOPD mounted cops who made their presence felt. Crowd control, just in case.
I don’t know what New Orleans was like pre-Katrina. But we’ve seen what this city went through in photos and news footage. On the way to and from the airport I still saw traces of damage and rebuilding.
The French Quarter isn’t entirely New Orleans. But it’s most of what I saw. And with what I saw and did, I was charmed. I want to go back here with Patrick and the girls.
Have you been to NOLA? Tell me your story.