You recognize this photo of the Cathedral Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It could almost be a postcard if the cars would get out of the way and the sky be a bit bluer. It was a warm day in May, and I was glad of the clouds.
You recognize these wrought – iron balconies in the French Quarter too. A walking tour of the area between the Square and Bourbon Street has countless examples of this lovely lace work
.Of course, New Orleans means music. We saw ragamuffins playing on washtubs, we saw street corner quartets, we sat on hard benches enthralled by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, we were escorted to our restaurant by a second-line band. Music is all over the French Quarter, and it’s all great!
And of course, there’s the food – Beignets and Bananas Foster and Jambalaya and Gumbo and so on deliciously, served in well-known trendy restaurants like NOLA and well-known traditional restaurants like Arnaud’s and Brennan’s, and not-so-well-known but still delicious hide-aways like The Court of Two Sisters.
And don’t neglect the simple pleasures of walking around the Quarter, peeking into garden courtyards, stumbling across artwork tucked away at the end of arched corridors, and gawking at window displays. Take your time. New Orleans is a city for leisure – it’s too hot and humid to hurry!
Hidden treasures: If you need an air-conditioned break, there are two fine exhibits tucked into the building just to the right of the cathedral as you face away from the square. One details the how’s and why’s and consequences of Hurricane Katrina; upstairs is a museum of Mardi Gras costumes. Talk about contrast!