Earlier this week I shared my post which focused on Jackson Square in the French Quarter. This post is also about the sights and sounds in the French Quarter. Also known as the Vieux Carré District, it is the oldest section of the City of New Orleans. It is also the home of the beautiful Saint Louis Cathedral.
Today it is a prime destination for tourists and local residents. It’s where we spent a lot of our time, lol. There are so many amazing buildings around the quarter. Many of these historical buildings were constructed in the late 1700s, during a period of Spanish rule, or during the early 1800s, after U.S. annexation and statehood. I loved the charm of these amazing pieces of history.
Of course if you are in the French Quarter you have to stop into Café du Monde for a coffee and an order of their mouth-watering beignets. They are well worth the sometime long wait to get a table to stand in line for to-go orders. On a side note, make sure to cash on you, as they don’t take credit cards.
While we were there we were able to share in some of the excitement of their upcoming tricentennial celebration. As such, right next to Café du Monde is a huge lit NOLA 300 sign. They are a resilient city and this celebration is a way to mark where they have been, as well as where they are going.
One day while we were in the area, there were a bunch of high school bands playing music and bringing joy to those in the area. I really enjoyed listening to some of them and hope you enjoy the little clip above.
I am not a big shopper, but I did pick up something for my sister as an early birthday gift If shopping is your thing, you will definitely find a lot of in this area. Here is the front of one of the stores still decked out for Christmas with the toy soldiers. I don’t know why, but I thought they were cute and had to take a picture.
One of the places shoppers may enjoy is Jax (Jackson) Brewing Company. Shopping at a brewery? I know, we were disappointed too, lol. Let me explain for those of you who have never been to NOLA. This New Orleans landmark was once the brewing and bottling house of Jax Beer from 1891 until the mid 1970s. Today the converted brewery holds exclusive and distinctive New Orleans shops as well as nationally known stores. Maybe a fun place to shop or have a quick meal, but no free beer samples lol
Well, even without the beer samples, we had a great time exploring the French quarter, but the best part by far was watching the Fleur De Leis descend from the top of the aforementioned Jax Brewery building to announce the arrival of 2018! It was one of the most exciting things we have done in a long time. It was freezing and windy, but so worth it. Here is a picture of the Fleur De Leis before it descended. It’s not a great picture, but there were so many people. Happily I have wonderful memories. If you haven’t done this before, I hope you can someday.