New Orleans has changed nationalities three times but has never lost it’s identity. It’s passionate, sexy, strong and a bit seedy. Southern charm mixed with unconventional resilience defines it’s people, music, and streets.
Jackson Square named for the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, General and later President Andrew Jackson, is in the center of the French Market. The statue honors him for saving the city in the War of 1812. The Cathedral of St. Louis anchors the square and is one of the oldest cathedrals in North America.
The Cathedral of St. Louis was built by the French in honor of King Louis XVI in 1789 and was completed in 1794. In order to meet the needs of the growing population, the cathedral was expanded and rebuilt in 1850. It currently is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and boasts 6,000 members. The last papal visit was in 1987 by Pope John Paul II.
For those who are religious about their caffeine consumption, Cafe Du Monde is a must stop. The original stand is located across the street from Jackson Square.
When entering Cafe Du Monde, seat yourself. No one will seat you. It’s a bit of a game for the waitstaff to see how long people will stand before they seat themselves. The coffee is severed with chicory or you can order cáfe au latte (for which they are best known). The beignets are some of the best in the city.
The perfect New Orleans breakfast.
The mighty Mississippi River is on the other side of Cafe Du Monde. A pair of runners navigate the trail in the morning fog.
Jazz was born in New Orleans and is represented in various artistic mediums throughout the city. This image was taken from a vintage 1960’s performance poster that caught my eye.
Fats Domino’s piano did not survive Katrina. The legendary jazz and blues singer-songwriter’s Steinway was carried away in the flooding and found 2 miles from his home. It is currently on display in the Louisiana State Museum.
Fats Domino had 35 Top 40 hits between 1949 and 1980 and pioneered the jazz and blues rhythms we take for granted in rock and pop today. This image is taken from a poster featuring Fats in the 1950s.
A visit to Napoleon House is not to be missed. Rumor is the structure was originally built to be the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte after his exile. Order the Muffaletta and the Pimms Cup. Don’t argue. Just do it.
Dinners can literally leave their mark on the walls at Napoleon House. Ask the waiter and he/she will hand you a sharpie.
The French Quarter offers tradition with a twist.
Bikes are everywhere. This one captures the spirit of Mardi Gras.
Bourbon Street offers the best clubs, generous amounts of alcohol, and excellent people watching.
A creative use for an alley. No space is wasted on Bourbon Street.
One of the best Jazz clubs in the Quarter.
Live music on stage pours out into the street.
A trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Felix’s.
Known for their fresh oysters on the half shell, Felix’s is a New Orleans institution and has been serving amazing local seafood for over 70 years.
Just off the French Quarter is Louis Armstrong Park. The gates are amazing and the park honors the various cultures and musical traditions that make New Orleans great.