where would you go?

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plane leaving Regina’s airport on Friday afternoon while watching the sunset from Goose Island Overlook

If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go?  I’m getting the itch to plan a trip.  Not sure where yet, but I would love to go back to New Orleans someday.

Barracks Street

Cafe du Monde

Craig Tracy Gallery

take me back to New Orleans

I imagine Halloween in New Orleans is pretty amazing with all the ghost stories, mystery, voodoo, and colourful, colorful characters.  New Orleans was amazing when I was there in March – so alive and loud, so much music and food, a little smelly down some streets, a little creepy, but so intriguing, and so unforgettable.  Everywhere you go there is something interesting to see, particularly, at night, when you see things in a whole different way. As you’ll see,  I took a lot of pictures of Royal Street in the French Quarter at night. I will go back someday.

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Cornstalk Hotel on Royal Street, built in 1816.  Like many other buildings in the French Quarter, it’s reported to be haunted.

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St. Louis Cathedral at night. Make sure to check out the last picture in this post…it’s the backside of the church.

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During the day, Jackson Square is full of artists selling their work, buskers, fortune tellers, performance artists, magicians, and of course, tourists.  It’s pretty deserted once the sun goes down.

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My friend here spotted me zooming in and taking his picture from a block away while waiting outside a restaurant – and let me know I wasn’t his friend.

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Red Truck Gallery window on Royal Street, I took a picture of this sculpture called Steadfast by Tom Haney pretty much every time I walked by.  If money was no object, I would have bought it.

 

All of the following pictures are storefronts on Royal Street…

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I really enjoyed walking through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art…

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Back of St. Louis Cathedral…it’s quite a sight in person.

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Love, Red Blue @ the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art

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windows on Camp Street (or Constance Street, I’m not sure) in the Arts/Warehouse District, New Orleans

Love Yourself

graffiti on the train bridge, Saskatoon, SK

or just create your own….

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Man of Letters, Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art

I still gush about New Orleans to anyone who asks (and some who don’t), but there is just so much to explore in the city.  If you find yourself in New Orleans, and want a (quiet) break from the action in the French Quarter, check out at the sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, I enjoyed it more than the museum (but I’m generally not overly fond of museums).  I would put it on a “must do” list of things to do in New Orleans.

Everybody is not special

I shared this one previously, I like it because it’s thought-provoking. 

sunny days

We are in the midst of a spring heatwave here…so, after soaking up the sun, it’s nice to just hang out in the shade, too…

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 tortoises soaking up the sun at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans (or are they turtles? I never know the difference!)

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squirrel in Regina, just hanging out in a tree

French Quarter after the rain

I loved taking photos at night in the French Quarter – it’s just as pretty and colourful at night as it is during the day.  The restaurant in the picture, the Italian Barrel, was one of my favourites of the trip, and I’d highly recommend it if you find yourself in New Orleans. A block or two down the street on Decatur is a really cool store that I can’t remember the name of (I’ve spent the last hour on Google and Google Maps trying to figure out exactly which store it was on Decatur)… it’s full of all sorts of weird, wonderful, bizarre, and beautiful treasures, oddities and works of art. I want to go back to New Orleans just to visit the store (discovered it on the last night of the trip) again!

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Italian Barrel restaurant on the corner of Barracks and Decatur

macaws at the Audubon Zoo

New Orleans is such a great place because there is no shortage of things to do and see.

The Audubon Zoo was on the list mostly because I enjoy taking pictures of animals and I hoped to take some elephant pictures (I’ve daydreamed about going on safari for my next significant birthday – since the last significant one was celebrated by bear watching in the Great Bear Rainforest, but I’m not sure how serious I am about going to Africa).  The elephant exhibit was being re-tooled, so they were out of public view, but I had fun taking pictures of these two beautiful, colourful macaws because the light was just so nice.

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