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June 08, 2004

New Orleans Pictures and Commentary

Any trip to the French Quarter doesn't really begin until you visit Jackson Square. This picture is along the Decatur Street side where the buggy's park. When hubby and I were here in 2002 he took me on a buggy tour of the French Quarter and the Garden District. It was lovely.

Buskers are very common around Jackson Square. Although there has been some legal change that means there are fewer of them then there were in 2002. There were notices on some of the fences for meetings to organize folks to fight city hall. Good luck to them. This gentleman, on the right, is painted a nice silver and can be found around the square doing his imitation of a statue.

One of my first stops will always be any body of water in a city I am visiting. What can I say I'm a water girl. LOL Kinda funny for an Aries to say that. New Orleans has this great river walk area. First day I was there I went down and snapped this shot of the Port of New Orleans. Not sure you can see it but as I sat there two very large ocean going container ships docked beyond the bridge. I would love to go down closer to the port and watch all of it, think I'll save that for the next time hubby goes with me. Not something I should do alone I'm sure. It's easy to forget that New Orleans can be a very dangerous city if you get off the beaten track.

Compass points don't work well along the river because it winds so through the city. This shot is looking in the opposite direction from the previous picture. It's hard to capture it in a still shot but there is a swift current where the river bends, roughly where the ship is seen in this picture. When we were here in 2002 we watched barges fight the current and lose in places as they were carried toward the banks before the engines won out and they moved on down the river. The current was still swift this time but not quite as bad as before.

The French Quarter is the oldest section of the city. The Quarter is full of wonderful narrow streets with buildings that come right up to the sidewalk. Along the way one finds many cafés with huge French doors that open on to the street. I spent many an hour eating leisurely meals (I love anything crawfish), drinking café au lait, and eating beignets. I love the pace of the Quarter. I didn't spend much time on Bourbon or in the Quarter at night, not this trip. The Quarter really comes to life…a randy life at that…at night.

During the day much of the life of the Quarter takes place around the courtyards that are the center of the buildings. I have been in a couple of these spaces that are open to the public. I'm much more interested in the private spaces and snapped this picture, at the right, just to give you a partial view of what is inside the multiple story brick facades of these beautiful buildings.

There are two types of outdoor spaces on the street side of the buildings: balconies and galleries. Balconies are the unsupported (no poles) overhanging structures you see in many locations. Clearly my personal favorites are galleries; apparently I didn't take a picture of a single balcony to use at this point in my writing. LOL Both are often made with elaborate iron work as you can see in this picture. I like the shutters as well. This building had a great old world feel.

This particular gallery is a study of green or of ferns…maybe I should just say of green ferns. LOL The repetition of the plantings echo the order of the arches across the building. The picture only catches part of how vividly coloured this space really is the white and the green almost glowed in the late afternoon sun.

And of course what would a picture series be without a flower decked gallery. Of course I love the variety of colours. For me more colour will always be the best. LOL Well except for the basic black of course…but even then a hint of red is a wonderful addition.

Posted by prolurkr at June 8, 2004 10:35 PM

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