07.07.2010 - 07.07.2010 35 °C
My day started late today or very early depending which way you look at it, seeing that I wasn't back until 4.30am.
I eventually caught the Canal Street streetcar down into the French Quarter. I wandered around the tight, colonial building with balcony and pillar lined allies. I stopped at Jackson Square, the "beating heart of the French Quarter", a tribute to Major General (later President) Andrew Jackson, who rallied the American Army to beat the British in the Battle of New Orleans.
The French Quarter is certainly very pretty. There were talented musicians and street performers on every corner entertaining the visiting tourists. However, at the back of my mind is a nagging suspicion that this is only the skin of New Orleans and there is something deeper to see. I'm going to investigate if it will be possible to see the devestation left in the Lower 9th by Hurricane Katrina.
In the meantime, I was right - there are mosquitos!
Time to apply to DEET.