If you've ever been there, you'll immediately recognize this image. It's beignets and coffee from the infamous Cafe Du Monde, and no trip to the Crescent City is complete without indulging in this breakfast treat.
I visited New Orleans for the first time in 1977. I was a dorky, pimply kid, and my family headed there to see the King Tut exhibit – one of the first true museum blockbusters.
We stayed at the storied Hotel Maison de Ville, we ate creole food, we suffered through having our caricatures drawn and we watched people get drunk. A lot has changed in New Orleans in the past year, but I have confidence that the generous spirit of the people, the richness of the culture and the indomitable soul will survive and thrive. I may even have to add Southern Decadence to my upcoming travel plans.
Here's to you Big Easy. Let the longevity of King Tut inspire you. Party on.
Photo courtesy Tandaleo on Flickr