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A Week In the Bayou, Day 4(b): May 4, 2008

May 20th, 2008 (04:43 pm)
productive

current mood: productive
current music: Jimmy Buffet

And here are some more photos for May 4. (I have dozens of others, but enough is enough.) This was my day to wander around the French Quarter and get oriented. I was so busy I didn't have time for dinner, and had to quickly grab an order of beignets at an outdoor cafe with live Dixieland jazz. Rough life.


5:02 p.m.
5:02 p.m.
On Bourbon Street, at last!
5:07 p.m.
5:07 p.m. A Sign You'd Never See In Washington, D.C.
Personally, I stayed away from the beer, sticking instead with hurricanes, bourbon, wine, and absinthe. Not all at once.
5:08 p.m. Psychic Connections
5:08 p.m. Psychic Connections
I loved the second-floor balconies on a lot of the old buildings. And you can't see it well in this photo at this size, but in the downstairs window of this one there's a neon sign advertising psychic readings. I actually did have my palm read in New Orleans, just for kicks, but the woman was laughably inaccurate.
5:17 p.m. Another Gorgeous Old Building...
5:17 p.m. Another Gorgeous Old Building...
...with that wonderful, characteristically New Orleans balcony. I fell in love with lacy iron grillwork like this on balconies throughout the city.
5:21 p.m. Jackson Square
5:21 p.m. Jackson Square
The centerpiece of the French Quarter, Jackson Square, is one of the most iconic spots in the city. That's Andrew Jackson on the horse.
5:29 p.m. Another Pretty Balcony
5:29 p.m. Another Pretty Balcony
I could just walk around and look at the buildings all day.
5:31 p.m. Street Theatre, NOLA-Style
5:31 p.m. Street Theatre, NOLA-Style
This is not a statue, but a real, live human being dressed as and behaving like a statue at Jackson Square. She was eerily convincing. On the street corners where there wasn't live music, there were often street performers of one kind or another. In fact, near this "statue" was a grouping of life-size "toys" having a tea party.
5:45 p.m.
5:45 p.m.
Here is another example of the iron scrollwork that decorates so much of the city.
5:47 p.m.
5:47 p.m.
OK, so I went a little balcony-crazy. This one was just too pretty to resist. Look at that intricate wrought iron!
5:53 p.m. Antiques and Art
5:53 p.m. Antiques and Art
One thing I discovered about New Orleans is that the art scene is not limited to performance. A block from Bourbon Street is a street rife with antique stores and art galleries. In particular, Tiffany and other styles of decorative lighting abound. This store had so many beautiful pieces that I pulled out my camera and began photographing them. Nobody seemed to mind, so I guess I wasn't the first tourist to do so.
6:01 p.m. Hidden Courtyard
6:01 p.m. Hidden Courtyard
Throughout the city, many buildings hide lovely courtyards. This one wasn't as secret as most, since it was home to a coffee shop. This is where I met a group my first night to go on a Ghost Tour, to see the haunted sites of New Orleans and hear some shiver-inducing ghost stories.




That's it for today's photos. Tomorrow, speaking of ghost stories, we'll see dead people.