Last time I visited New Orleans on July 23, 2005 on my way to Florida. It was a short visit. I planned to stop again on my way back, but I didn’t have time. "New Orleans is not going anywhere. I can do it some other time." One month later Hurricane Katrina made landfall devastating New Orleans.
I am looking at pictures I took during that brief stay — everything is so peaceful. It was about noon. Streets were practically empty. Tourists were sleeping late after crazy night on Rue Bourbon.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the set. The horse is waiting while guide talks about history of New Orleans to tourists. You can see more on Flickr.
It feels strange to look at these pictures now — some places were destroyed by flood, or trashed by looters. It felt surreal when I read news about Katrina. I still hope to come back one day and see the city in its full glory. I hope New Orleans will bounce back.