I'm here in New Orleans (arrived Saturday night) for a banking conference. Am very happy that we're back in a city center (the last two years have been at resorts); free time now means we can get out and sightsee.
Had breakfast this morning at Café du Monde (beignets and café au lait), then spent a few hours wandering the streets of the French Quarter. The promised rain arrived early afternoon, but without any thunder, which was a severe disappointment. Los Angeles almost never has thunderstorms, so I was looking forward to a good one here. Instead, I just had the pleasure of rain and mid-80's temperature. Surprisingly, it didn't seem that humid.
The conference is being held (and I'm staying) in the Roosevelt Hotel, just across Canal Street from the Quarter. This is a very famous and historic New Orleans hotel which just reopened this summer after massive post-Katrina renovations. My room is huge, with the highest ceilings I've ever seen. They must be at least 14 feet, and possibly more than that.
I'm here through midday Wednesday, then it's back home to L.A.