Visit to New Orleans

So like I said in my previous post, we have been to New Orleans recently to visit Supercomputing 2010. Of course SuperComputing show floor was not the only place we have visited.

We arrived on Sunday Nov 14, but not pictures from that day as I was pretty busy with work and attending an important meeting.

Monday was my free day to roam around, but it turned out to be the worst day of the visit with rains and overcast sky. Still since out hotel was at the edge of the French Quarter, we decided to visit it and also to find some breakfast.

St. Louis Cathedral on a rainy day
St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square. Just several blocks away from our hotel.

Breakfst near St. Louis cathedral
Found a restaurant with great view to the St. Louis Cathedral.

Blackened Tuna
Just blackened tuna.

BBQ shrimp
And BBQ shrimps for breakfast.
Peeling shrimps was not very easy so we'll probably avoid this dish in the future.

Then we progressed to take some pictures of the Cathedral.

St. Louis Cathedral on a rainy day

St. Louis Cathedral on a rainy day

And then we also discovered that you can actually enter into the Cathedral and even take pictures there. (Unusual because in e.g. Russia no photography in churches is allowed).

Inside St. Louis Cathedral
Main hall of the St. Louis Cathedral.

Ceiling of St. Louis Cathedral
The ceiling is richly painted too.

Statue of andgel in St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral sanctuary
Sanctuary.

Inside St. Louis Cathedral, view at the entrance from sanctuary
Picture of the main hall from sanctuary.

After that we walked around Jackson square and it's shops, but have not found anything interesting.

Suddenly my management contacted me to attend some meeting and the rest of the day was wasted there, unfortunately. So much for the free day.

In the evening we went to Mulate's restaurant to try the original Cajun cuisine.

Fried alligator tail
Fried alligator tail, turned out to be pretty good in taste.

Fried catfish bites
Bite-sized catfish pieces with Cajun sauce.

Steak
Beef steak with grilled shrimp and vegetables.

Chicken breasts
Chicken breast and jambalaya (Cajun rice dish).

Mulate's restaurant in New Orleans

Mulate's restaurant in New Orleans
That's how the restaurant looked inside. There was live music and some people even danced in the area in front of the band.

Later in the evening I suddenly found that there is going to be Beowolf party at a steam ship, so we headed there. The party itself was somewhat boring (and very crowded so you can hardly get to the bar). The ship also did not depart. But at least I took some night pictures of the New Orleans shore.

New Orleans at night from Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans at night from Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans at night from Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans at night from Steamboat Natchez

And that concluded the day, we returned to the hotel for some sleeping.

Tuesday was all busy visiting SC10.

Wednesday was our departure day, but the plane was scheduled for 12:30 so we decided to have a breakfast outside in the morning and to take some pictures of the French Quarter again since the day was so nice.

French Quarter in New Orleans

French Quarter in New Orleans
French Quarter streets.

St. Louis Cathedral on a sunny day

St. Louis Cathedral on a sunny day
St. Louis Cathedral with a clear sky.

Horse carriages in front of Jackson square
Much more horse carriages waiting along the Jackson square this day.

Horse carriage and St. Louis Cathedral
A horse and a St. Louis Cathedral.

French Quarter in New Orleans
Some building on a corner of Jackson square.

French Quarter in New Orleans
On one of the French Quarter streets.

Overall we found French Quarter to have nothing to see in it aside from the Cathedral, so we returned there to get some more pictures.

St. Louis Cathedral on a sunny day
From Jackson Square this time.

St. Louis Cathedral on a sunny day
And in HDR.

St. Louis Cathedral and a hot dog cart on a sunny day
With a red hot dog stand in front. I wanted this picture on Monday, but with a clear sky.

Fire escape stairs and multicolored buildings in New Orleans
Another set of colorful houses and a fire escape stairs on a street on the way back to hotel.

Canal street in New Orleans

Canal street in New Orleans
Canal street near our hotel.

Street car on Canal street in New Orleans
Street car on the Canal street.

And then it was time to get into the car and flying home.

Very brief trip this time.

Overall we were not very impressed with New Orleans and probably won't want to visit it again.

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