New Orleans 3 – French Quarter at Night

The French Quarter of New Orleans is like no place else on earth. The architecture is spellbinding. The history, the food, the music, the smells, the sights. This glorious stew draws the most colorful humans to its embrace. There is a mood here of tolerance and freedom, all the way to delightful craziness. Natives and tourists share this space 24 hours a day. It’s a great place to ride your bicycle on a quiet Monday morning, taking in the sounds of deliveries and the heavenly smells of lunch cooking behind open doors. It’s also a great place to wander on a Saturday night, spinning inside the kaleidoscope of raucous dazzle on Bourbon Street and all its side streets. Here’s a taste of The Quarter after dark. .

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RiverWalk shopping is a few blocks south of French Quarter.

 

New Orleans 1 – Cafe Du Monde, Antoines, B&C Seafood

According to USA today travel, New Orleans had 809 restaurants pre-Katrina and 1,366 restaurants post-Katrina. You could dine at a different place every night for the rest of your life and never scratch the surface. With a population of 370,000, NOLA is the most restaurant-dense city in the US, a gastronomic explosion of all cuisines, but their signature styles are Creole and Cajun, and heavy on the seafood. Creole: free black citizens. Cajun: French Canadians exiled from Nova Scotia. Here are a few restaurant pics. I will add more later.

B&C Riverside Seafood Restaurant Vacherie LA

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The boy waiter.

B&C is a quaint country restaurant facing the levee on the way to the Oak Alley Plantation.

Girl alligator in ladies room at B&C Riverside Seafood Restaurant, Vacherie, LA

The girl waiter-gater

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Greetings, tourist. You are on my lunch menu.

 

Antoines Restaurant, New Orleans

 Circa 1840 Grand Dame & birthplace of oysters Rockefeller.

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Ageless Cafe du Monde – home of Beignets and chicory coffee.

IMG_0326 a Grab an outdoor table at Cafe du Monde. You’re on Jackson Square facing St. Louis Cathedral across the street, a front row seat on horse drawn carriages, flocks of artists pinning their paintings to the black wrought iron, freeze models with cups, tourists, musicians, and general delightful cacophony.

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IMG_0343 aInside the Cafe, its a good idea to stay in your seat or you might be trampled by whirling white coated waitstaff balancing trays with eight cups of hot coffee and piles of hot powdered beignets.

 

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Step aside tourist, she moves FAST!

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Waitstaff lining up for Beignets, NOLA’s answer to Krispy Kreme.

 

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New Orleans 2 – Jackson Square

The French Quarter of New Orleans is like no place else on earth. The architecture is spellbinding. The history, the food, the music, the smells, the sights. This glorious stew draws the most colorful humans to its embrace. There is a mood here of tolerance and freedom, all the way to delightful craziness. Natives and tourists share this space 24 hours a day. It’s a great place to ride your bicycle on a quiet Monday morning, taking in the sounds of deliveries and the heavenly smells of lunch cooking behind open doors. It’s also a great place to wander on a Saturday night, spinning inside the kaleidoscope of raucous dazzle on Bourbon Street and all its side streets.

When you are strolling Jackson Square, you might as well be in Paris. I’ve run out of gas for today so I will finish the commentary another day. But here are some photos. . .

 

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Notice the big blue lights and silver reflectors – they are shooting a movie on Jackson Square across from Cafe du Monde.

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