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!

Barracks Street-2
Italian Barrel restaurant on the corner of Barracks and Decatur

everybody is not special

More Royal Street window shopping at night….this caught my eye in the window at the Antieau Gallery, it’s from the Monsters and Misfortune Collection and the artist is Chris Roberts-Antieau.

Everybody is not special

Walking in the French Quarter

Two things about walking in the French Quarter – drivers in New Orleans are crazy and so are cyclists. Pedestrians don’t have the right of way when crossing at an intersection and if you’re crossing a one way street make sure to look the other way so you don’t get hit by a cyclist (who is often carrying an instrument on their back).  Once you understand those two things, you will have a great time exploring the French Quarter.  If you arrive in New Orleans with a car and plan to visit the French Quarter and the Marigny (particularly, Frenchmen Street) you won’t need it,  just park it and walk everywhere.  One of my favourite parts of the trip was just walking and admiring the different types of buildings…

Walking the French Quarter 4
double shotgun house (so-called because if a gun went off and the front and back doors were open, the shot would go straight through the house) 
Walking the French Quarter 2
Creole cottages
Walking the French Quarter 1
Creole townhouses
Walking the French Quarter
edge of French Quarter, approaching the Arts District

Walking the French Quarter 3

 

Craig Tracy Gallery
Art Gallery on Royal Street (my favourite street in the Quarter)
Antoine's
Antoine’s is the oldest family run restaurant in the United States (picture taken from the balcony at the Royal House restaurant where the balcony is at such a slope that they don’t allow glassware outside and I held onto my plastic cup the whole time.)