The infamous Bourbon Street dates back to 1798 when New Orleans was founded by John-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
Bourbon St is colourful and vibrant with music and people day and night
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 – one block back from Bourbon St
It is brimming with art
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 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 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.
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
Lafittes is said to be the oldest still in use bar in the USA
New Orleans is famous for it’s own unique take on West European / Caribbean / African cuisine. Gumbo, Jambalaya and crawfish Étouffée
And Jazz musicians on the street day and night
the vibrant, positive people
We even found a spot for a wishing walk. Three times round the fountain in the Plaza de Armas (Jackson Square).