Lots of great architecture in this place.
I could do without the baroque style brass and mauve and dirty gold flower wallpaper border in the hotel room, but the exposed brick wall and high ceilings more than make up for it. Clearly the people here have spent a lot of time and effort in conservation, of the place and the buildings and even its specifically European charm. Katrina is even more devastating because of that – because New Orleans is not some section of LA that was built in the 80s, it is years of craftsman and afficionados striving to recreate a little of the artistry and beauty of their motherland and marry it with the Mississippi. If only great architecture was a right. But then again I would not have driven here, would not have bothered to explore this little centre if it was.
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