SIGGRAPH was in New Orleans this year, so we made a mini-weekend vacation out of it before the conference started. Mainly, we enjoyed jazz in the evenings, toured the mansions of the Garden District, and enjoyed the great food, of course! We lost a lot of time due to a five hour delay at the airport. Got to love air travel.
Canal Street divides the Central Business District and the French Quarter.
This is the line outside of Cafe Du Monde on Sunday at mid-morning. Best to wake up early if you don't want to wait.
Art work for sale outside of Jackson Square.
Jackson Square from across Decatur Street.
A closer view of Andrew Jackson.
Outside of Jackson Square, you can hire a horse-driven tour for $12 a person.
The famous Preservation Hall doesn't look like much from the outside.
This is a closer shot of the front of Preservation Hall. We did listen to the St. Peter's Street All Stars on Sunday night, but I didn't take any photos.
I did take a photo of Fritzel's New Orleans Jazz Band playing at Fritzel's European Jazz Pub the night before. I'm not sure what the exact relationship is between the band and the club.
This is an interesting art shop in the French Quarter. The back of the shop opens into a courtyard where additional art is displayed. They must hustle when ever it starts raining!
This was our room at the Loews. We had a room on the 19th floor with a nice view of the river.
Apparently, even Fluffy and Rover can eat in style at the Loews!
A quick and dirty three shot pano of Piazza d'Italia which is located next to the Loews.
For some reason, there was a parade heading north on Canal Street late in the afternoon on Monday. They were even tossing out beads.
This was captured with my little cell phone camera.
The Saint Charles streetcar heading south on Canal Street.
We rode the St. Charles Streetcar to the Garden District. There was a car accident that forced everyone to change streetcars.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 as seen through the gate. Frommers did not bother to mention that it's closed on Sundays!
The next few photos show some of the grand, old houses of the Garden District.
This house was once owned by the author, Anne Rice.
The famous Commander's Palace Restaurant. It had to be renovated after Katrina.
SIGGRAPH held its reception at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. Here are some of the floats and other paraphernalia stored at their warehouse.
For photo geeks, I lit this by bouncing my flash off a gigantic white rabbit that was behind me and to the right.