Cafe Du Monde and the French Quarter

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by DiamondRain on June 7, 2005

The French Quarter New Orleans is a beautiful district that is a blend of history, culture, superstition, and modern convention. The multi-level abodes, which date back to the 1700s, are predominately Spanish structures with a bit of French influence. They create an air of old-world charm amidst the host of actors, dancers, singers, jugglers, musicians, artists, and performers of all types sharing their arts with the passersby. The warm breeze and bohemian mood surround tourists, enveloping them in the merriment and embracing them into the heart of the Vieux Carré. Shops offering souvenirs, masks, dolls, clothing, food, drink, and every other imaginable desire can be found down one long avenue or another.

Floating above the city's sounds and songs, a sweet scent drifts in and entices the senses to pleasures yet unknown. The aroma leads the enthralled follower to 1039 Decatur Street. Beneath the green-and-white striped awning stands the Café Du Monde, home of the world’s finest coffees and desserts. As music plays outside the open-air café, pigeons descend in the square to gather discarded crumbs, and the ambience of "Paris in the Springtime" is complete. For less than five dollars, the connoisseur of tasty treats can enjoy a cup of café au lait (coffee and chicory blended with milk) and a fresh, warm beignet (deep-fried doughnut-like pastry dusted with powdered sugar). Of all the simple joys in life, this guilty pleasure ranks among the sweetest--no pun intended. In short, New Orleans's French Quarter is a montage of historical, artistic, delicious delights to be enjoyed by all who grace her fair streets.

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

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