on July 10, 2007
Situated right near the banks green edge of the mighty Mississippi, this seemingly impromptu street fair happens everyday just passed its beige colored archway. The French Market is one crazy place and be prepared for thousands of people in a relatively small area for hours at a time. Try to get there either first thing in the morning, or more towards dusk, when they are closing. At any one time, you could be waiting for minutes as the wave of people come crashing in like a tsunami of consumers; taking all they can in the rush and leaving money in its wake.Anything that you could possible be looking for is right here; beads, masks, boas, gifts, hats, shirts, etc. But everything is negotiable and a price can easily be rendered in your favor, as long as you are willing to bargain a bit. Try to never settle on a given price, unless you know its a deal, a always give a counter offer. At the French Market, this works really well. One of the coolest things that I found there were these paintings of the Crescent City on old pieces of marble and stone. These are all around the city, but for $10-$20 a piece; at the French Market, I got one for $7. A lot of things were like that, so before you plan on that perfect souvenir, the French Market should be one of last stops, this way you'll know it’s a good deal. However, if you are looking for that perfect Mardi Gras outfit, maybe this should be a first stop so you can save a bit of dough for the night time and you can have more money for Bourbon Street. Whatever your fancy, definitely make the French Market a sight that you witness, it's worth it.
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