What a Wonderful Satchmo Summerfest
The whole festival took place in an eight-block stretch from the French Quarter's French Market stalls out to Frenchman Street in the Faubourg Marigny. All of it was a leisurely stroll away from the Wyndham Canal Place hotel where I stayed (the views of the river and Quarter from the upper floors are unparalleled). My thanks also to the Omni Royal's Rib Room, Court of Two Sisters, House of Blues and Angeli's where I dined all too well.
It's no secret that tourism is the lifeblood of New Orleans, and everywhere I went people expressed thanks to visitors for coming and urged them to tell their friends back home to come on down. If I could, I'd go back for a few days around Aug. 29, when Wynton Marsalis is leading several days of commemoration on the anniversary of Katrina. I can't make it down again, but maybe readers can.