|Welcome to the French Quarter!|
It seemed as if nothing has changed in the nine years since Katrina, although I’m sure it has in ways that go far beneath the surface, but to the tourist like myself, it was still the
I had seen before and fallen in
love with. New Orleans
The French Quarter, or Vieux Carré, is the oldest part of the city, and though it’s called the French Quarter (it was founded by the French), it’s architecture has a Spanish influence. Fires in 1788 and 1794 destroyed most of the original structures, and rebuilding was done when the Spanish ruled the city, thus the Spanish colonial style.
The streets are narrow, one way passages. European. And many of the buildings are painted in colorful pastels.
I love the balconies and the courtyards of the Quarter. Wrought iron balconies that overflow with greenery and color. Narrow walkways between buildings that lead to those private havens tucked out of sight; lush, green, peaceful islands in a landscape of concrete and brick.
|Pick up a carriage ride on Decatur, in front of Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral just behind|
|Inside the St. Louis Cathedral|
The Cathedral is flanked by the Presbytere on one side and the Cabildo (the old City Hall) on the other. Both are now museums. One of the most famous of
institutions is just across the street from New Orleans Jackson Square. The Café du Monde, where
long linesform in the morning of both tourists and locals seeking coffee and
beignets. The Mississippi River is only a few
steps away with a boardwalk alongside where anyone can stroll along the river
and joggers enjoy a morning run.
|Mouthwatering! Those famous beignets|
One can spend hours just circling
Jackson Square. Carriages line Decatur
street, taking eager tourists on tours of the French Quarter, artists hang
their works on the fence, plying their wares and creating new masterpieces,
Tarot card readers, fortune tellers and musicians entertain passers by from
early morning on into the night. Shops and restaurants occupy the ground floors
of the identical Pontalba buildings that flank opposite sides of the park.
|This talented artist gave me permission to take this pic|
|More artists display their work|
Of course, the entire Quarter is a haven for shoppers from the souvenirs of the French Market and Bourbon Street to the upscale art galleries and antique shops.
|Service for 24! Priced at $298,000.|
And for something a little different, there is the Frenchman Street Art Market - open only at night.
|Frenchman St art market|
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