After doing some research, I decided that I'd dedicate a full day to walking around the French Quarter. For safety, I spent the money to park in a gated parking lot. I arrived early in the morning and had my pick of parking spaces. I parked facing Decatur (the main drag). That proved to be a good strategy as I could use my car as a place to rest, have lunch and still people watch.
I made sure to visit the two National Parks in the French Quarter -- the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and the French Quarter Visitor Center of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
To say the least, it was a very full day of exploring and walking; I was especially tired as I drove away at dusk ... but, what memories! Here are some pics, shared in the order taken ...
|It's morning and horse-drawn carriages are|
lined up and ready to be hired by tourists on Decatur St.
|Decatur St. with carriages, in front of Jackson Square|
and St. Louis Cathedral
|Cafe Du Monde's open-air dinning area where I enjoyed|
french donuts (beignets) and their coffee (with chicory)
|Inner courtyard at the Jean LaFitte Visitor Center.|
Although it's called the "French Quarter" the architecture is mostly Spanish.
|Statue of the Father of New Orleans,|
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville,
one of the many sites seen on a
National Park Ranger led history tour
of the riverfront.
|The Mississippi River on a chilly day|
|St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square|
|Tourists on Decatur Street|
|Watching some acrobatic street performers (in red shirts)|
among the tourists, across from Jackson Square
|Leftover Mardi Gras decorations|
|I really enjoyed the street performers. Great talent.|
|One Man Band|
|Really wonderful group. Every flavor of jazz here.|
|Amazing clarinet player. She could do circular breathing|
and hold a single note "forever."
|Even the street sweepers couldn't resist the music and got into the act!|
|Statue of Major General Andrew Jackson|
in the Middle of Jackson Square
|I next went to the Old United States Mint|
|The Old US Mint is a national historic landmark|
with a museum
|This is an unusual kind of photograph from me, but I thought it|
truly captured my feelings of being into the music at the time.
I was absorbed in the performance of an old time gospel/jazz group
as part of the Music at the Mint Program.