What city has jazz music, fantastic food, above-ground cemeteries, Spanish architecture*, huge mardi gras celebration, and evidence of a hurricane? Why, New Orleans, of course! There are so many things unique to this city, and that is much of why it’s so interesting.
Let’s start our tour with some iconic images. (Click any image for a larger view.)
This is St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square. If you click the picture, you may be able to tell why the park is named Jackson Square.
Yes, that’s a stature of Andrew Jackson on his horse. Speaking of horses, there were the usual tourist offerings of horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs. And the famous Cafe du Monde was also nearby. Of course, we tried one of their famous beignets and they were good. (But, we decided they didn’t live up to the hype.)
A classic view of Bourbon street.
(Or maybe not so classic, since most people visit at night, when it is party central!)
We went on a walking tour of the Garden District. It featured beautiful Victorian homes with elaborate ironwork. VERY New Orleans! Several celebrities live in this area, including Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt.
There was a mardi gras museum at Jackson Square. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to spend much time there, but I did get a few shots of some over the top costumes.
(Click on that one above.) How much do you think that thing weighs???
Housed in the same building was a museum about hurricane Katrina. It was very interesting, but also somewhat sad. This display explained the notation used on homes during the search and rescue efforts.
And there was a garage door with such markings on display. Rather sobering.
But, ALL of this was very interesting and the food was worthy of an entire blog post. The best I’ve had ANYWHERE! I highly recommend a visit.
*BTW, the French Quarter actually has Spanish architecture, due to being settled by the Spanish early on.