New Orleans – Frenchmen St &, 5/7/16

A strange new land, even at the Louis Armstrong International Airport:

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Stayed at the Frenchmen Hotel on Frenchmen St. Great little hotel with a courtyard pool, deck, breakfast – and you can hear the music from the nearby bar.

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Headed out to explore the city.

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French Market

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Joan of Arc

The might Mississippi, with the steamboat Natchez!

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The river is hidden from view behind a high berm, built up to prevent flooding. Unless you’re standing on the walkway on top of this levee, you wouldn’t know there’s a huge river nearby.

Jackson Square, the anchor to the French Quarter, was the central Plaza deArmes (military drill field) when the city was first laid out in 1721. It’s now a gathering place, with horse-drawn carriages, artists, panhandlers, musicians, street performers, all peddling their wares. On the far side, facing the river, is the St. Louis Cathedral (oldest cathedral in the U.S.), flanked by the Cabildo (government building) and the Presbytere (rectory). On either side of the Square are the graceful Pontalba buildings.  Double-click any photo to enlarge.

On through the French Quarter. To Pat O’Brien’s, with its courtyard fountains and drinking. Hey, we walked into a Derby Day party!

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And Bourbon Street – home to countless bars with rock & roll cover bands, “go” cups (you can take your unfinished drink with you!), strip clubs and their barely-clad walking advertisers. And lots of heavy drinkers. And panhandlers. And the architecture is fascinating throughout the Quarter.

Back to Frenchmen St. for strolling, dinner and music. Ate at Marigny Brasserie. My cocktail, Mama’s Moonshine, was a delicious fruit salad with mint leaves in a drunken ginger lemonade!

Strolled the street, toured the art market, and listened to music – pretty amazing first day in the Big Easy.

 

 

 

 

 

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