As promised, I'd like to show you a little winter get away, my husband and I took in February, to one of our favorite cities: New Orleans, Louisiana! (All photos, and photo collages, in this post will enlarge for easier viewing if clicked on)
The French Quarter section of the city makes one feel as if they have stepped back in time. The city was established by French colonists, and was named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723.
The older section of the city, the French Quarter, is known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its multicultural heritage.
We arrived the day after Mardi Gras - the famous celebration held annually in New Orleans to celebrate "Shrove or Fat Tuesday," which is the day before Ash Wednesday in the Christian faith. As much as we knew that the Mardi Gras carnival celebration would be a wonderful sight to see, we did not want to deal with the large crowds and noise.
It was fun to see the French Quarter still decorated for carnival....
....and the traditional, green, yellow and purple decorations were displayed everywhere!
Of course, the party never stops on Bourban Street!
The thirteen street long block is a mix of bars, restaurants, and other forms of entertainment which are on a more seedy side, but it is definitely a "must see" at night if one visits New Orleans. One evening we enjoyed listening to a jazz band in the Musical Legends Park that is located along one section of Bourban street.
Another New Orleans tradition, that is a "must do," is to stop at Cafe Du Monde for their chicory flavored coffee, and fresh beignets. The original coffee stand opened in 1862, and now is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and there is almost always a line to find a seat!
The beautiful Saint Louis Cathedral is one of the most notable landmarks of New Orleans, and is located next to Jackson Square and faces the Mississippi River.
Built over the foundation of a 1727 church, and completed in 1851, it is the oldest active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States.
The magnificent Rocco style interior of the cathedral, includes a stature of Saint Joan of Arc. The cathedral was a serene place to visit after a busy day walking around this very scenic and enjoyable city.
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