I left New Orleans in November 1987 after attending law school at Tulane and practicing law in the Big Easy for four years. There were no cruise ships based in or visiting New Orleans back then. The closest thing was the Natchez riverboat which would paddle around the muddy Mississippi for a few hours.
This weekend my partner and I went back to New Orleans for the beginning of Jazz Fest 2016. I had not been back to New Orleans for over ten years. The city looked more vibrant than I remember. Its seems to have come a long way since the devastation of Katrina back in 2005.
We had a fantastic time, as you can see here in my photos if you are not a friend of our Facebook page.
Yes, New Orleans is a cruise port now. Early this morning, the Carnival Triumph arrived into port as we left the city. It is a strange phenomenon to see a huge cruise ship sailing on the Mississippi.
It has been a while since I wrote about my time in New Orleans.
One of the few articles I wrote about New Orleans was Oysters, Dixie Beer & My New Orleans Saints.
Photo: Jim Walker