Let me start with something that a lot of people probably would never even notice. It was just a bunch of Mardi Gras beads hanging on a fence, but it really caught my eye. I love finding things that are often overlooked.
Then we have the streetcars, which you can't miss. They are fun to look at on the street.
They are fun to look at from the hotel.
They are even more fun to ride in.
And they are even fun to replicate in art!
As we wandered around the French Quarter we stumbled on many things (not literally, that would have been annoying and painful after awhile). One of these was a statue tucked into an alleyway. It was raining and we ducked into a breezeway for a slight reprieve. The statue at the fountain looked so cool in the falling rain. The picture really doesn't do it justice.
In the French Quarter there is a French marketplace that sells food, New Orleans paraphernalia, and other various and sundry things. I am saving the food related items for another post dedicated strictly to the food and drink of New Orleans. It's going to be beautiful, you just wait! There will be coffee, beignets, and all kinds of wonderful delicious mouthwatering....
...oh sorry, my thoughts got distracted by food. That happens more than I will admit. Back to the topic, the awesomeness found in the French marketplace. Check these out!
If those are not the epitome of New Orleans, then I don't know what is! I have some more photos to share of things we saw that just SCREAMED New Orleans.
Colorful feather boas.
Even got Frankie in on the boas. Can't get a serious photo of him, but you get the idea.
St. Louis Cathedral. We wanted to go in but all the times we went by the gate was locked. We were really disappointed by that. I bet it is beautiful inside.
The Musical Legends Park where they had statues of some of the great Jazz musicians. There is also free live Jazz music and it is at a Cafe Beignet, where we stopped and got coffee and some beignet (French donuts).
When you think of New Orleans, all those things mentioned above should come to mind. Another thing that you might think about is the river running through New Orleans. One side of the French Quarter lies on the Mississippi River, so of course, we had to go see it while we were there!
It's so pretty! Speaking of pretty, we also walked to and through Louis Armstrong Park. It was peaceful and I would love to relax there some warm spring day reading a book. Let me share so you too can be nice and relaxed.
This is the main entrance to the park. At night it lights up. We didn't see it at night but if you would like to see an example click here and it will take to you a photo.
It would have been so amazing to see a Jazz band march by but this was as close as we got to seeing that.
This is my favorite picture from the park. I can feel the stress melt away just looking at it!
We saw Louis Armstrong himself....well not literally seeing how passed away over 40 years ago...so not in the flesh, but in the bronze.
The last set of photos I would like to share with you are just a random mix of the awesomeness found in the French Quarter.
Is this statue hailing a bus? This is right near a bus stop after all.
I liked the sign. I liked what it said. I like that it was yellow. Could it get any better? Oh! Maybe if I saw it lit up...yes, that would make it better!
I call these "Thumbprint Spheres", the artists on the other hand called them "River Stones".
To each their own.
This sign CRACKED me up!
As we walked along I saw this house address and I know I got way too excited but I couldn't help it! When was the last time you saw equivalent fractions unexpectedly?? I love whoever lives here. I want to live with them. They would understand me and my math ways. I bet they would even get my corny math jokes. They would be my best friends!
Dear people at this address,
If you ever see this post please contact me. We are already besties!
But hopefully they don't live here because I couldn't afford this rent...
And finally, we were still in the south people, what can I say?
I have talked about the decor and the awesomeness of the French Quarter. My next post has to be all about the oddities of the French Quarter! So stay tuned for that!