Archive for the ‘New Orleans’ Category

Hanging in the French Quarter New Orleans

August 3, 2015
Bourbon Street

The infamous Bourbon Street dates back to 1798 when New Orleans was founded by John-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville

Busking band on Bourbon St

Bourbon St is colourful and vibrant with music and people day and night

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating traditional New Orleans Jazz. The club doesn’t serve alcohol so the long lines of people are a testament to how good the Jazz is!

Royal St

Royal St – one block back from Bourbon St

brimming with art

It is brimming with art

And antiques

and antiques (we couldn’t afford a single thing in these shops – Mum saw a little statue she liked, for the not so small sum of $25,000)

Our hotel on Royal St was in keeping with the area

Our hotel on Royal St was in keeping with the area and was purchased by the Monteleone family in 1886. It’s still owned and operated by the family today.

We were particularly fond of the old Grandfather's clock

We were particularly fond of the old Grandfather’s clock in the Lobby

Many of the original French Colonial buildings were destroyed in the big fire of 1788 so many of the buildings in the Quarter today were built in the late 18th century and early 19th century when the area was under Spanish rule.

Many of the original French Colonial buildings were destroyed in the big fire of 1788 so many of the buildings in the Quarter today were built in the late 18th century and early 19th century when the area was under Spanish rule.

The little houses kind of French in style and many several hundred years old

The district as a whole has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and so their are strict regulations on what can and can’t be done to the buildings today.

and adorned with carnival beads

and adorned with carnival beads

Lafittes is said to be the oldest still in use bar in the USA

Lafittes is said to be the oldest still in use bar in the USA

the food

New Orleans is famous for it’s own unique take on West European / Caribbean / African cuisine. Gumbo, Jambalaya and crawfish Étouffée 

And Jazz musicians day

And Jazz musicians on the street day and night

the people

the vibrant, positive people

And a fountain in the Plaza de Armas (Jackson Square) for us to walk around making our wishes until the next vacation!

We even found a spot for a wishing walk. Three times round the fountain in the Plaza de Armas (Jackson Square).

Mississippi

August 2, 2015
boat spotting

boat spotting

and admiring the river walk sculptures

admiring the sculptures

And stopping for a chat along the river walk

And stopping for a chat along the river walk

We almost got to ride on the Steamboat Nantchez last night but it started bucketing down with rain just before we got our tickets. We enjoyed the pipe organ playing to people boarding today

We almost got to ride on the Steamboat Natchez last night but it started bucketing down with rain just before we got our tickets. However,today we enjoyed the pipe organ playing inviting people to board and that was pretty cool

Street cars and pedi cabs

August 1, 2015
This is the coolest way to travel

Street car is the coolest way to travel

clickety, clack, clickety, clack

clickety, clack, clickety, clack

We went right to the end of the line.

We went right to the end of the line.

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To the French Market

Which actually wasn't very French at all. But Abuela did buy us souvenir T-shirts

Which actually wasn’t very French at all, but we did buy souvenir T-shirts

and the snow cones were awesome.

and the snow cones were awesome.

Before taking a pedi cab back to the hotel.

Before taking a pedi cab back to the hotel.

which actually might be the coolest way to travel. I'm not sure how to choose.

which actually might be the coolest way to travel. I’m not sure how to choose between the two.

1850 house, the Presbytere and St Louis Cathedral

July 30, 2015
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.

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.

Around the corner at the Presbytere we learnt all about Hurrican Katrina.

We were facinated by the dog rescue.

We were facinated by the dog rescue.

And the muddy teddy bear that was rescued from the clean up

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.

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!

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.

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.

This is St Louis Cathedral. The oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in the US

Beside the Presbytere is St Louis Cathedral. The oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in the US

Beignets and a buggy ride

July 30, 2015
First stop, the famous Cafe Du Monde

First stop, the famous Cafe Du Monde

For beignets and coffee

For beignets and coffee

We reckon we had the be st seat in the house, right by Robert Harris and his busking band

We reckon we had the be st seat in the house, right by Robert Harris and his busking band

After breakfast we met a Mule named Sugar.

After breakfast we met a Mule named Sugar.

She invited us for a ride around the French Quarter

She invited us for a ride around the French Quarter

On the tour Sugar's human co-worker told us all sorts of interesting stories

On the tour Sugar’s human co-worker told us all sorts of interesting stories

About Madame Pontalba being shot in the chest 4 times by her father in law and surviving; that the clinic by Bourban street does the most liver transplants in the US and the age expectancy of residents around Bourbon street is 65 - akin to Bangladesh! He shhowed us shot houses (4 rooms deep all attached to each other), Brad Pitt and Angela Jolies house and the oldest bar in the USA. And the church where the French nuns wrote to President Jefferson to ensure they would be well looked after  when the US was buying Louisiana.

About Madame Pontalba being shot in the chest 4 times by her father in law and surviving; that the clinic by Bourban street does the most liver transplants in the US and the age expectancy of residents around Bourbon street is 65 – akin to Bangladesh! He showed us shot houses (4 rooms deep all attached to each other), Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie’s house and pointed out the oldest bar in the USA and the church which was residence to the French nuns who wrote to President Jefferson to ensure they would be well looked after the US purchased Louisiana from France.

We were allowed to give Sugar her snack when we got back to Jackson Square. She certainly deserved it after all that hard work.

We were allowed to give Sugar her snack when we got back to Jackson Square. She certainly deserved it after all that hard work.

Road trip time!

July 29, 2015
Iggy has arrived and we've all piled into a rental van. Road trip time!

Iggy has arrived and we’ve all piled into a rental van. Road trip time!

We're in our new Osh Kosh air show shirts. You know where we got those from!

We were both in our new Osh Kosh air show shirts. You know where we got those from!

We stopped in Lake Charles for a picnic

We stopped in Lake Charles for a picnic

and play time.

and play time.

Arriving in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana by mid afternoon.

Arriving in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana by mid afternoon.