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    French Quarter Trip

    My friend and I headed down to the French Quarters in New Orleans after dropping off another friend at the airport this morning. It was a fun little outing for the two us who have been friends for over 15 years now. The first image is of the Cresent City Connection (Mississippi River Bridge to the West Bank).


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    This one is just back over the levee:

    Saint Louis Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Louis, Roi de France), also known as the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans; it has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the (as now constituted) United States. The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining.
    Saint Louis Cathedral is in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, on the Place John Paul II (French: Place Jean-Paul II), a promenaded section of Chartres Street (rue de Chartres) that stretches one block between St. Peter Street (rue Saint-Pierre) on the upriver boundary and St. Ann Street (rue Sainte-Anne) on the downriver boundary. It is located next to Jackson Square and facing the Mississippi River in the heart of New Orleans, situated between the historic buildings of the Cabildo and the Presbytère. It is one of the few Roman Catholic churches in the United States that fronts a major public square.


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    The last one is "Reflecting Back".

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    After I got home I realized that I forgot to take a snap of the Cafe DuMonde were we had cafe au lait and beignets before coming home. C & C wanted on each image please. I was using the 17-55mm lens on the 60D.
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    Wow... very cool. This is what I have to look forward to in less than a month. I'm going to try and find that cathedral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momo View Post
    Wow... very cool. This is what I have to look forward to in less than a month. I'm going to try and find that cathedral.
    Let me know the day and time and I'll meet you across the road from there at Cafe DuMonde if possible. The Quarters is full of sights to see but be very careful about getting too far from the river. Down the road is the old mint and french market. Each side of the cathedral is museums.

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    Lovely shots and 2 looks like a postcard. Beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Lovely shots and 2 looks like a postcard. Beautiful.
    Thank you Bobo for your very kind comment. New Orleans is full of historic and beautiful places and the old homes which I will try some of them later on are just awesome.

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    Nice images, especially "Reflecting Back", great city to visit any time of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Nice images, especially "Reflecting Back", great city to visit any time of the year.
    Thank you John. That one was my favorite also. The other 2 have been shot so much by others and I thought maybe I am one of a few that spotted this one.

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    Let me know the day and time and I'll meet you across the road from there at Cafe DuMonde if possible. The Quarters is full of sights to see but be very careful about getting too far from the river. Down the road is the old mint and french market. Each side of the cathedral is museums.
    Absolutely! I think one of the places I want to hit is Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. What lies "far from the river"? Is this just one of those places where I want to keep my camera really close and my brass knuckles even closer? I don't mind, as I routinely haunt some rather dangerous parts of Seattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momo View Post
    Absolutely! I think one of the places I want to hit is Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. What lies "far from the river"? Is this just one of those places where I want to keep my camera really close and my brass knuckles even closer? I don't mind, as I routinely haunt some rather dangerous parts of Seattle.
    It is on Bourbon St where all the wild partying goes on and trouble always follows the wild partying. Daytime early morning and mid day will be safe with the brass knuckles on.

    Just let me know we you come I would be glad to meet up with you and walk through some of the other areas that are safer in pairs. I'll have my brass knucks too...

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    I love the "reflecting back" image.

    Additionally, I would recommend to anyone visiting New Orleans that they visit the French Quarter early in the morning as the streets are being swept and washed and the partiers are making their way back to their beds. The Quarter has an ambiance of its own at that time. It is in contrast to the garish 21st Century activity later in the day and evening...

    The shadows from the ironwork balconies, cast by the rising sun, can be breathtakingly beautiful. This time of day brings me back to what I assume the Quarter was like in earlier times...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    I love the "reflecting back" image.

    The shadows from the ironwork balconies, cast by the rising sun, can be breathtakingly beautiful. This time of day brings me back to what I assume the Quarter was like in earlier times...
    Thanks Richard,

    Your advice to others visiting is spot on and is why I go early in the morning. The colors are vibrant and fresh looking as the rising sun light washes away the nights wild activities and bathes the day anew. Even then I still watch over my shoulder....

    It is also best to dress like your going to do yard work or you just came from yard work, right down to the shoes you wear. You'll fit in better with the local crowd of Quarter dwellers and most locals, any other way and you stick out like a sore thumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    I love the "reflecting back" image.

    Additionally, I would recommend to anyone visiting New Orleans that they visit the French Quarter early in the morning as the streets are being swept and washed and the partiers are making their way back to their beds. The Quarter has an ambiance of its own at that time. It is in contrast to the garish 21st Century activity later in the day and evening...

    The shadows from the ironwork balconies, cast by the rising sun, can be breathtakingly beautiful. This time of day brings me back to what I assume the Quarter was like in earlier times...
    Also you run into the locals starting their day, eating breakfast and wondering what damage did these tourists do to my city again last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Also you run into the locals starting their day, eating breakfast and wondering what damage did these tourists do to my city again last night.
    I would venture to say it is as many if not more locals (in state) than tourist, unless it is an event that draws out of state folks..then it is an equal combination of the two.

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    Hey guys. I live in Lafayette, and have been to New Orleans many times. The insectarium is a really neat place and everyone needs to go to Cafe du Monde for breakfast. If you're there on a Sunday, the mass at the Cathedral is very nice, and has a lot of history. Here's a little video I put together of the cathedral!



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