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User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

I took these last week when I met my dad for lunch at the Gumbo Shop in the French Quarter. The downtown/cbd/warehouse district areas are looking really good these days...lots of people, and very clean. The French Quarter, although not packed, was pretty busy, and once again, it looked magnificent. Enjoy!

1) Crossing the Crescent City Connection bridged which connects the East bank and the West bank.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1165.jpg

2) Skyline shot #1
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1175.jpg

3) Skyline shot #2
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1176.jpg

4) Driving down Convention Center Blvd. towards Canal Street
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1179.jpg

5) The World Trade Center (on the left) and the Hilton Riverside hotel.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1180.jpg

6) Here's the ferry dock at the foot of Canal Street which takes you across the Mississippi to Old Algiers.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1183.jpg

7) The Canal Place complex, at the foot of Canal Street, includes an office tower, upscale mall, and a large hotel. Plans call for another high rise to be built here shortly, likely a Four Seasons hotel and additional retail.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1182.jpg

8) Saks Fifth Avenue just reopened here last week after an extensive renovation.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1187.jpg

9) The Aquarium of the Americas and adjoining IMAX theater.


10) Horse and buggies parked in front of Jackson Square.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1193.jpg

11) As usual, Cafe Du Monde was full.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1194.jpg

12) French Quarter #1
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1195.jpg

13) French Quarter #2
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1196.jpg

14) My lunch (gumbo and hot french bread) at the Gumbo Shop.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1198.jpg

15) French Quarter #3
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1199.jpg

16) Royal Street


17) French Quarter #4
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1200.jpg

And finally, a shot of Canal Street leaving the city. This street got about four feet of water, so it knocked out just about every business and residence along it. Now, however, plenty of places have reopened...people are moving back in...and the streetcars are rolling down those tracks again. I'm just looking forward to a few months from now when my 2nd favorite NOLA restaurant...Mandinas...reopens.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1201.jpg


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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

Looks great, I cant wait to go back New Orleans for a visit. I have spent numerous time in the Greater New Orleans Area and have enjoyed it. The charm/culture is great, the architecture is different than any U.S. city and you cant beat the food.

My dad flew in earliar today on the "Evil Airline" (Southwest) and is headed to Slidell to have Thanksgiving with my family. Is the Fairmount Hotel still open downtown?

-Delta767300ER


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 1):
Is the Fairmount Hotel still open downtown?

No, it took in a lot of water in the basement, which wiped out much of the electrical systems and such. It is still being refurbished. It's supposed to open sometime in '07. Most of the other major hotels are open, though.



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Tremendous pictures ! I visited New Orleans in 1976, 1982, and 1988, and at least the centre on these pictures looks better than ever. Looks as if a city gradually gets reborn !

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

However, the cars are not rolling on the St. Charles line and likely won't for some time. As for the Canal Street cars that were damaged, it turns out that they are rebuildable but it will cost something like $600k per car. New Orleans may be slowly coming back to life but it's going to take a good while longer for everything to truely get back to normal and don't forget, there's always next hurricane season to think about.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4):
going to take a good while longer for everything to truely get back to normal

that is normal, and it of course may be worse in the outer suburbs

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4):
next hurricane season to think about.

I hope, those in charge with those dykes are not only thinking about it but also doing something about it. How far are those improvements which were launched after the disaster now ?


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4):
However, the cars are not rolling on the St. Charles line and likely won't for some time. As for the Canal Street cars that were damaged, it turns out that they are rebuildable but it will cost something like $600k per car. New Orleans may be slowly coming back to life but it's going to take a good while longer for everything to truely get back to normal and don't forget, there's always next hurricane season to think about

A portion of the St. Charles line is expect to open next month...the rest of it next year. Right now the old St. Charles cars are rolling on the Canal Street and Riverfront lines until the flooded cars get repaired.

As for next year's hurricane season...it's a long way off, and when it comes around, so be it. All it really means for me is that it's Summer time and my yearly road trips to Destin will be taking place. I've personally decided that I won't get paranoid everytime I see a hurricane forming in the Gulf of Mexico or the Western Caribbean. Katrina may very well have been a once in a lifetime storm, but if not, you just have to go with the flow. Life goes on. No use getting worried about something that you have no control over.



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User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Thanks for the pictures of New Orleans. I've been there twice (both times for Halloween), and it was a great experience.

One thing that makes me a little sad, however, is the seeming dearth of people on the sidewalks, in the streets, etc.

I remember it being crowded everywhere.....


User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):
As for next year's hurricane season...it's a long way off, and when it comes around, so be it. All it really means for me is that it's Summer time and my yearly road trips to Destin will be taking place. I've personally decided that I won't get paranoid everytime I see a hurricane forming in the Gulf of Mexico or the Western Caribbean. Katrina may very well have been a once in a lifetime storm, but if not, you just have to go with the flow. Life goes on. No use getting worried about something that you have no control over.

Awesome attitude! That's the way it has to be, we can't control nature! Hopefully everything continues to improve in good ole NOLA!



This is the Last Stop.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 8):
I've personally decided that I won't get paranoid everytime I see a hurricane forming in the Gulf of Mexico or the Western Caribbean. Katrina may very well have been a once in a lifetime storm, but if not, you just have to go with the flow. Life goes on. No use getting worried about something that you have no control over.
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Awesome attitude! That's the way it has to be, we can't control nature! Hopefully everything continues to improve in good ole NOLA!

Well, the emphasis is to be on "WE" can't control nature, and we in fact have to leave the attempt to improve required installations to people in charge, and otherwise hope for the best. As everywhere, we can only hope FOR THE BEST !


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 5):
How far are those improvements which were launched after the disaster now ?

All of the levees which failed have been repaired and improved. It's an on going process, really. But the folks with the Army Corps of Engineers say that the levees can now protect against a Category 3 storm. Remember, Katrina was only a 3 when it hit...and the levees failed. They say that they won't fail next time, so we'll see.

Usually, hurricanes have a tendency to lose strength as they move into the shallow waters close to land...so even though it may be a 5 only a few hundred miles off shore, they usually lose a lot of strength as they move onto land.



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 10):
All of the levees which failed have been repaired and improved. It's an on going process, really. But the folks with the Army Corps of Engineers say that the levees can now protect against a Category 3 storm. Remember, Katrina was only a 3 when it hit...and the levees failed. They say that they won't fail next time, so we'll see.

Sounds good. So that there is reason to hope for the best.


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):
portion of the St. Charles line is expect to open next month...the rest of it next year. Right now the old St. Charles cars are rolling on the Canal Street and Riverfront lines until the flooded cars get repaired.

Good to hear that some of St. Charles will reopen soon. Word in the street railway circle is that there is no estimated timeframe for the completion of repairs to the Riverfront cars although two were sent to Pennsylvania for evaluation and estimates.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

MSYtristar -

Thank you so much for posting those pictures. I just booked my accommodation for Nola the other day, and your photos made me all the more excited about my trip there in February. If you have any more - please post them!

I know that the French quarter is almost completely up and running, but I was hoping to get out of a town on a couple of tours or something and see some of the plantations around the city. Do you have any idea as to how viable that is? For all I know they may have almost been destroyed as well.

QFF


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 13):
I was hoping to get out of a town on a couple of tours or something and see some of the plantations around the city. Do you have any idea as to how viable that is? For all I know they may have almost been destroyed as well.

The River Road plantations are open. None of them were damaged as far as I know. Gray Line has a tour that goes to Oak Alley plantation. I've been there a few times, worth a visit...very pretty. It's about an hour from the city. Here's a link...

http://www.grayline.com/Grayline/des...e=activityDetail&apid=1341&sid=528



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User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

QANTASforever, here are a few more....all of these are downtown pics, I don't have any good ones of different areas right now. If I find some more, i'll post them.

1) The historic Gallier Hall
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0075-1.jpg

2) Old U.S courthouse with St. Patrick's church in the background
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0070-1.jpg

3) Le Pavillon hotel
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0067-2.jpg

4) Lafayette Square
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0071-1.jpg



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Fantastic pictures, thank you!

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 14):
The River Road plantations are open. None of them were damaged as far as I know. Gray Line has a tour that goes to Oak Alley plantation. I've been there a few times, worth a visit...very pretty. It's about an hour from the city. Here's a link...

Thanks for that, they seem to have some excellent tours.

QFF


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4):
However, the cars are not rolling on the St. Charles line and likely won't for some time

The line will be running to Lee Circle very soon and the line all the way to Carrolton and Claiborne will be up next year. They decided to do some track work that was already planned in the interim and it is faster to do with the system powered down.

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4):
As for the Canal Street cars that were damaged, it turns out that they are rebuildable but it will cost something like $600k per car

Actually, I believe it is more like $200,000 per car.

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 13):
I just booked my accommodation for Nola the other day, and your photos made me all the more excited about my trip there in February

Great. You had better let us know when you will be in New Orleans

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 13):
I know that the French quarter is almost completely up and running

Almost no. Completely yes.



Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

It would be great if I could say the name of one street in NO besides Canal Street.

I need to learn French, espanol does me no good there  Big grin



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 18):
It would be great if I could say the name of one street in NO besides Canal Street.

Remember, the names are not pronounced the French way, they are pronounced in a way only New Orleanians would say them. Esplanade (should be Es-plan-ah-d) is Esplanaid. Chatres is Charters.

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 18):
I need to learn French, espanol does me no good there

Actually, you will see a plaque on every street in the Quarter with the Spanish name, honoring the time of Spanish occupation



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