Monday, May 16, 2011

A Very Magic Kingdom!

Jackson Square
“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”~Mark Twain~
Kind of looks like a photo of the, Magic Kingdom, doesn't it? It's actually a photo of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, New Orleans. My wildest expectations of the French Quarter, have been exceeded. The architecture, food, sights, sounds, and the finest specimens for people watching, from every walk of life, gather here, with or without most of their clothes on. Bourbon Street, yikes! The entire experience, simply, sensory overload. Life on steroids, so to speak. Not sure if anyone sleeps here at all. 
It is definitely not a city for the faint of wallet but somehow worth every penny.
We meandered thru the French Quarter, taking in the sights, for the rest of our first evening.
The wedding processions are awesome. Bride and groom led by a jazz band, followed by family and friends, on to their reception. Sounds like a plan for our next big anniversary, a few years down the road.
Our hotel in the French Quarter, was built in 1733 and I am convinced, haunted, but that's a post for another time. So much for ambience! Now in more modern accommodations, my husband is very happy, we even have hot water for one third the price.
We went to the Cafe Du Monde for their famous beignets, sinful just sinful. The mixture of cultures have produced some of the finest flavors I have yet experienced. I was told there are over 1000 restaurants here, where to eat next, our biggest decision.
 We took a city bus tour yesterday and today a Mississippi, Paddle Boat Cruise, with a jazz band for entertainment. Corny, but safe!
The city of New Orleans, truly a very magical kingdom.

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hootnonny said...

Beautiful shot of the Cathedral. Glad you recognize the sin of the beignet so your can repent once home!

Louisiana Belle said...

Oh, how I miss New Orleans! It hasn't been the same since Katrina, but looks like it may be returning to its former splendor. Such a beautiful shot of the cathedral. Glad you were able to go and the floodwaters were diverted.

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