NOLA ON FILM
(Using 35mm film is a steep learning curve, still lots to learn. I underexposed most of my shots, if not all! Here are what I salvaged from the three rolls of Portra 400 in my Leica M3 and Minolta XD.)
Three years ago, I wouldn't have seen myself staying in a chain hotel but times are changing. I must be getting older! I am now more open to staying in hotels for the added comfort and convenience and a little bit of luxury. We spent four nights (5 nights for Dan) at the W Hotel in the French Quarter. It's a renovated old building so it retains a bit of old world charm mixed with the modern. It has more of a boutique feel to it.
The French Quarter has a very unique character. I can't think of any other place I've been like it. It's a melting pot of sorts: French inspired architecture (mix of old and recently painted facades and ones about to be restored), the NOLA cuisine, art and music, the tumultuous history and of course, the giant hand grenade drinks and frozen daiquiri - carrying tourists.
W - French Quarter and SoBou Restaurant. Westin hotels are an upscale version of Marriott (same chain). Great service and central location.
Brennan's. Home of the original bananas foster. Reminiscent of old world elegance but more casual than Antoine's (a jackets' required restaurant there). Loved the food and exceptional service (like 3 servers per table).
Jackson's Square. Tourist central.
Royal Street Antiques. Lovely antiques, none I could afford.
Cafe Beignet. A more cozy alternative to Cafe Du Monde for beignets.
The Grill Diner and Fleur de Lis Cafe. For breakfast/brunch.
Preservation Hall. Historic music venue, awesome performance! FYI, no restrooms on site and no bar.