New Orleans 1

Of course, in the Big Easy there are lots of ways to say Noleans, but it is all the same. Thru Priceline I was able to get a room in a very nice hotel right next to the French Quarter, from which I can see a lot that is going on.

I arrived after 11 hours on the road at 5:00 PM Eastern at a Marriott that was the wrong one. Oddly, there are two on Canal Street one block apart on opposite sides. I thought my instructions said mine was on the right, but even now that I know where it is, I miss the sign. I only dscovered this error after unloading everything and getting to registration, so I had to reload everything, circle blocks because streets are almost all one way and traffic is horrendous at 5:00 in N.O. and by now it was nearly 5:00. Found my way to the J.W. Marriott entrance which is on a different street than the front of the hotel to learn I had to park at their sister hotel, the Sheraton one block back the wrong way. So I had to circle the block once more. So the comedy finally ended and I got checked in.

Had a great meal just down Bourbon St. Walked the street for a few minutes until I realized I was too tired to do more and went to the room, napped for an hour, went down stairs to listen to an R&B group. They were really good, but I was fading so I returned to the room and slept.

Today, includes reading things I need to read or re-read to prepare for my interviews and some sightseeing.  Tonight I'm looking forward to a Latin Jazz Band.

© Parrish Jones 2011