french market artist, new orleans
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In a story called Back to New Orleans, Gently, NY Times Frugal Traveler Matt Gross writes (Nov 26), "This emptiness, disturbing and depressing as it was, turns out to be perversely beneficial for visitors — the city of exuberant indulgence has, almost overnight, become even more affordable. It’s a strange kind of affordability, though: Because tourists have yet to return en masse, the budget options sit wide out in the open, just waiting to be picked. Although rates have actually risen slightly, hotel deals still abound, last-minute reservations at hot restaurants are a phone call away and curbside parking actually exists. The Big Easy may no longer feel big, but it’s easier than ever."
Catch up on the state of the Crescent City via this article as well as the sites listed on SptBlog links: Gambit, Offbeat and Nola.com.