NO is an aging, somewhat ravaged matron

Lower nine abandonment

Coming in from the east, we began our New Orleans wander in the Lower Ninth Ward. It’s mostly still abandoned with some pockets of trash remaining.

Lower nine bridge

The Claiborne Avenue bridge crosses the flood control levees and a shipping canal, hence the section that will rise out of the way.

NO riverboat

Downtown, finally. River. Riverboat.

NOLA emigrants

Statue honoring emigrants to New Orleans. I might have chosen “immigrants.”

NO StLouis church

Jackson Square, with statue in the middle. [We won’t discuss which Jackson.] Cathedral named after Louis IX of France, the only French King who is a saint, so the name is Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France. Seems strange to have saint and king linked. So New Orleans.

Café du Monde lovelies

New Orleans means beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde. Yes, the business has changed greatly since I first came here in 1967, but it’s still beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde.

NO streetcar

New Orleans means street cars.

Joan of Arc

New Orleans means the maid of Orleans…here Joan is gilded.

Balconies adjacent

New Orleans means upstairs balconies and architectural detail.

NO balconies two Tier

Sometimes the balconies are double-tiered.

Market bow

Down at the market we found this gigantic bow, so large it takes multiple loops of chain to hold it.

Tipitinas side

Then we shifted neighborhoods and walked past legendary Tipitina’s. I was surprised to read it opened in 1977; I thought it was older. Must be the archaeologist in me.

NO other quarter

Random building in the Touro quarter. It is quieter and very residential compared to the French quarter.

And, as my dear friend KW sometimes writes, that is all. 😀


  1. Pooh says:

    St. Louis, (Missouri) is also named for Louis IX. {But you probably already knew that!}

  2. Sammy says:

    I think I did, but I don’t think of St. Louis as French, although of course it was (for a time), my bad. Thanks!