on August 26, 2007
A trip to New Orleans isn't complete without wandering through the French Market, browsing its abundance of wares. It's a glorified flea market with lots of style and international flavor. Fake designer sunglasses, handbags, and clothing items will greet you at every turn. There are hardback books, CDs, DVDs, belts, scarves, ball caps, watches, lighters, throws, glassware, t-shirts, Mardi Gras beads and masks, every kind of jewelry imaginable and lots more.The French Market is very crowded and the different storefront spaces are so close together it may be hard to tell where one ends and another begins. There's occasional tight squeezes, especially when shoppers stop to inspect merchandise without moving out of the way. Don't buy anything until you've walked the entire marketplace because there are lots of duplicate items, and you could very well find the exact same thing at an even better price on further down. And don't be surprised if the booth owners haggle down the price without you even saying a word! It's a great place to buy souvenirs for friends back home. We purchased Mardi Gras masks 3 for $5 - the cheapest price we saw anywhere, and they were really nice masks, too! Our friends loved them, especially knowing they came from the French Market. If you enjoy shopping and browsing, you could easily spend a couple of hours here. There's just so much to look at!
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