Subject: Re: New Orleans
Hello Landra and Ziners:

I find myself getting teary each time new revelations about the horrors in New Orleans are reported over the news outlets. I just returned from New Orleans in June of this year, so my memories are fresh and vibrant. New Orleans has always been one of my favorite places to visit. It is oh-so charming and a true cultural gumbo. I like the way people stroll slowly in the sultry heat. I like how friendly people are and the strong tradition of having a good time.

We have stayed the last two visits at the Royal Sonesta Hotel right on Bourbon Street and quite a nice hotel (and evidently was not heavily damaged). Some of my favorite things to do: sidetrip to plantation houses such as Oak Alley and Destrehan, listen to zydeco, gospel music and some of the best live blues in the world, walk the Garden district and take in all the fabulous architecture, eat red beans & rice and crawfish etouffee, sit in the shade in Jackson square and wander the antique shops on Royal Street, splurge for dinner at Galatoire's and visit the new D-Day museum.

My heart goes out to all the people hurt by Hurricane Katrina, but especially the fine people of New Orleans.

Chris in Colorful Colorado