The silence was deafening in the French Quarter. The hour – Monday morning at 11:00 AM – caused some of the stillness. But what happened on Sunday was the prime contributor. Locals love their football, and the night before, the New Orleans Saints beat the stuffing out of the Dallas Cowboys. So the Quarter was suffering from a collective hangover, and most people were enjoying a recuperative sleep-in.
We were in town celebrating my birthday, and Cafe Maspero’s wonderful pastrami and cheese sandwich was our objective. We rounded the corner onto Chartres Street, and live music trumpeted through the silence. This is one minute of what we heard, and one of the reasons we love New Orleans. Give it a listen and enjoy.
And if you want to see some great dancers as well: