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September 19, 2007
From journal Amtrakking it to the Big Easy
August 3, 2005
This is a stunning part of the city, and the cathedral is beautiful, as you can see by the pictures. To one side of the cathedral is The Cabildo, former headquarters of the Spanish colonial government. These buildings are so photogenic, you will just want to gaze at them.
Opposite the cathedral is the square itself, which is a lovely park-like area. There is a bronze statue of Andrew Jackson, who saved New Orleans during the war of 1812.
There is little more to say about this area, other than it is beautiful and worth a visit.
From journal New Orleans Fleeting Visit
Blacksburg, South Carolina
February 19, 2005
From journal Pralines, Beignets, and Jazz: All In the Big Easy
Mary Esther, Florida
October 9, 2004
The Square has been the focus of the French Quarter since the Civil War days, when war widows sold family paintings to support their family, and local vendors sold their crafts and wares. Today, the atmosphere is still colorful and lively with artists, street performers, fortunetellers, professed psychics, clowns, and craftsmen. The going rate for a brief tarot or palm reading is $10 to $15.
Indulge in the revelry or grab a muffuletta sandwich, a bag of Zapps chips, and a Dixie beer at Central Grocery. Then pick a shady bench, and treat yourself to some of the best people-watching on earth.
By the way, if an enterprising young man walks up and wants to bet you $5 he can, "tell you where you got ‘dem shoes you have on," just laugh and tell him, "You got ‘em on your feet." It’s one of the most popular local tricks pulled on unwary tourists.
No single brief visit to a city as diverse as New Orleans can be complete. One trip whets the appetite for more. There are swamp boat and airboat tours into the boggy bayou nesting grounds of alligators and other Louisiana wildlife. Plantation tours reveal a bygone era of the Old South. The National D-Day Museum follows the events and campaigns of World War II. The New Orleans Zoo is one of the top-rated zoos in the country, and the Audubon Aquarium offers 50 exhibits of more than 15,000 marine species. AND, there's always the shopping. New Orleans is a shopping paradise. After a dozen visits, I still discover new experiences and shopping and dining treats on every trip. I predict, like me, you will return again and again to the Big Easy nestled in the crescent of the Mississippi River.
Visit me often for updates and entries on other unique New Orleans adventures.
From journal Discovering the REAL New Orleans
February 11, 2003
From journal Riverwalk along the Mississippi-revised 2003
February 1, 2002
From journal French Quarter parades
January 17, 2001
The Saint Louis Cathedral looms high above Jackson Square, but is perhaps more magnificent from the inside where you can enjoy the attractive stained glass windows. The Presbytere used to serve as a home for the Cathedral's priests. These days it houses the Louisiana State Museum's art collection. The nearby Cabildo is where the Louisiana Purchase was signed, and served as the central government office for many years.
Most everyone's favorite sight in Jackson Square, however, are the numerous artists who compose and then sell their works along the iron fence of the square. Many of them are surprisingly talented, rather than just a notch above your standard quick draw cartoonist. Because folks are continually stopping and checking out the works in progress, it's also a great place to people watch and strike up conversations with friendly strangers.
From journal Louisiana: New Orleans
las vegas, Nevada
September 10, 2000
From journal "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" Let the Good Times Roll
New York, New York
June 12, 2000
From journal French Quarter Fun