The red brick houses around Jackson square known as the Pontalba buildings after the lady wo directed their design and construction, were built between 1849 and 1851. This one is furnished just as it would have been by residents of the mid-nineteenth-century.
Around the corner at the Presbytere we learnt all about Hurrican Katrina.
We were facinated by the dog rescue.
And the muddy teddy bear that was rescued from the clean up
Upstairs we learnt about Mardi Gras – the world famous festival that celebrates the mash up of Louisiana culture, A mix of European, African and Caribbean traditions in one massive party dating back to 1699.
We were impressed by the skills of the costumed guys who dance on horses backs!
And equally impressed by the King Cake with the hidden baby in it. If you get that piece then you have good luck and it’s your turn to buy the next one. We were a little disappointed when we realised the one on display wasn’t for real.
Beside the Presbytere is St Louis Cathedral. The oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in the US