Next up…Did you win a book this week? If you see your name, please email me with your snail-mail address!
First, for each tour stop, I’ll be drawing a commenter’s name at random to win a mystery book from my book hoard. Winners from this week’s tour stops are: BECKEY, BARBARA E, MIKI, ROGER, ANNE R, READSALOT81, ALLISON, FUNDINMENTAL, and CAT. I have some UK editions of Royal Street available if you’d like one of those, or I’ll pull a title at random from my monstrous book stash!
Also, DONNA S won the Reader’s Choice contest this week, and she chose River Road. Donna, if you don’t have Royal Street and would prefer that one, let me know!
I had fun in New Orleans last week, but didn’t get as many photos as I’d have liked. Here are a few, but the streets were so torn up around town as the city resurfaces everything in advance of the Super Bowl that I didn’t shoot a lot. I had a chance to go to Plaquemines Parish for dinner the night before I left, at a spot called Lil G’s–there wasn’t time to go all the way down to Buras to the Black Velvet (those of you who’ve already read River Road will remember the Black Velvet!). But here are a few shots.
The entrance to the Morial Convention Center–Poseidon and a Gator, of course. Arching behind the convention center (which is a really unattractive building) are the spans of the GNO, the Greater New Orleans Bridge (aka the Crescent City Connection) that goes over the Mississippi River.
French Quarter, Bourbon Street, in the morning before all the crazies come out to play!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar–this is one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans and in the early 1800s was one of Jean Lafitte’s legitimate business fronts for their smuggling operations. His brother Pierre ran the business while Jean did the smuggling. It’s cool that some buildings from his time are still around!