I hold a special place in my heart for the people of New Orleans and the south coast … a beautiful locale filled with warmth, ease, hospitality and a most unique history. My family had a fantastic vacation in New Orleans one August before Katrina… yes it was hot but the food, drink, atmosphere, and history made up for the steamy weather. I haven’t had the pleasure of returning, but try to stay abreast (ahem … no intended reference to risqué Mardi Gras celebrations) of developments there via the web.
As you would expect, New Orleans Botanical Garden, http://neworleanscitypark.com/nobg.html was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but the gardens have made a remarkable comeback. Take a break from the New England cold and tour the gardens, before and after Katrina, here http://neworleanscitypark.com/photogallery/index.php, and marvel at the regenerative power of gardens. I, for one, will raise a glass and enjoy some shrimp tonight in honor of our neighbors to the south … laissez les bon temp rouler!
24 days till spring!