NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DAY 3
So it's day 3 in NOLA, and I've given up on trying to keep a chronological order....There's no way I can select just a few photos to fit all of day 3 in one post, so here's the first half of our day roaming around the French Quarter again, and finally making it to the French Market.
We leave the hotel and head down to the Quarter along the Riverfront. It's about a 30-minute walk along the Mississippi to the French Market, and we're enjoying taking in the sights - the aquarium, the barges, the steamboats, the cruise ships, the sculptures scattered throughout Woldenberg Riverfront Park - there's so much to see!
Audobon Aquarium of the Americas beside the Mississipi River
A gorgeous morning walk along the Mississippi River
Monument to the Immigrants - white carrara marble statue at Woldenberg Park along the New Orleans Riverfront
Ticket centre for the Natchez, one of New Orleans' steamboats
Strange but very cool statue - Old Man River, by Robert Schoen - along the riverfront
Not sure what he's making - somewhere along the New Orleans riverfront
The Creole Queen - another New Orleans steamboat
Trolley along the riverfront
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE...
THE FRENCH MARKET
If you're like me and like markets, this one will not disappoint! It's not fancy schmancy or anything as the name would suggest to some, but it's definitely worth walking around and checking out. Entrance is at 1235 N Peters Street and the first section is the Farmer's Market, and it's here that you'll find both locals and tourists shopping for fresh local produce, meat (alligator meat!) and seafood, as well as spices, hot sauces, chicory coffee and other Creole and Cajun ingredients. Then you get into the flea-markety section that has all kinds of knick-knacks ranging from tacky to tasteful. If you're gonna buy something here, go for: spices, hot sauces and chicory coffee - prices are pretty reasonable.
Joan of Arc Statue by the French Market Café
Folks taking in some shade and the sounds of a live jazz band
My last must see in NOLA - the French Market
You've gotta come back with French Market or Café du Monde coffee - that chicory flavour is addictive!
The only way to make popcorn cool, is to make it hot!
The Old French Market is really old, actually the oldest public Market that still exists in US as it stands there since 1791
One of the many spots in NOLA to stock up on some hot sauces
Hmmmm...where to start?
Soft shell crab po'boy, as gross as it looks, it's pretty damn good - just close your eyes and eat it!
Interesting crafts by local artists
DO NOT Slap ya Mama!
Pick something on the menu......
.....otherwise you'll end up on the menu!
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE...
THE FRENCH QUARTER (AGAIN!)
Yes again. I'm sure there's lots more to see outside of the Quarter, but I can't get enough of it. The architecture, the pastel-coloured buildings, the lacy, wrought iron balconies overflowing with flowers, the people......the LIFE. Enjoy the pics below, and just imagine yourself walking....at a slower pace, absorbing not only the sights, but the mouthwatering smells of Cajun-Creole cooking, and the sounds of blues and jazz flowing out of the clubs. This is the heart of New Orleans!
More of that French Quarter prettiness
It's 10am - and this guy looks like he's finally done partying
Totally fascinated by all the wrought iron balcony railings
French Quarter - that photogenic appeal never goes away
It seems every building at French Quarter has a story to tell
A French Quarter balcony - they frequently resemble a tropical garden teaming with ivy, begonias and ferns
Hotel Chateau - a beautifully restored 18th century mansion
I have a thing for doors....
Old horse-head hitching posts that line the streets of the French Quarter
A French Quarter balcony often serves as a means of expression for the peeps that live there
On Madison Street, looking at the St. Louis Cathedral
NOLA French Quarter balconies - often described as lacy....I tend to agree
Most of the buildings in the French Quarter date to the times when the city was under French and Spanish rule
Now flags from everywhere can be found
A world of narrow streets and historic houses
Every corner brings a whole new street to explore
I wonder what the qualifications are to work for Rev Zombie?
Preservation Hall - it was established in 1961 to honour and protect New Orleans jazz
If you're like me, you'll appreciate the French Quarter a lot more during the day than at night...
I prefer gazing at the gorgeous buildings rather than staring into a beer cup
I much prefer Bourbon Street during the day
Busy, but not as busy as it is at night
Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo located at 739 Bourbon Street
My neck hurts from looking up all the time!
Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON
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