French Style and the Big Muddy

Walking around New Orleans’ French Quarter this morning, here are a few buildings that caught my eye. The prevailing syle is brick structures with large balconies decorated with elaborate ironwork.

Many are used as dining areas for bars and restaurants. This one is similar to where we ate lunch yesterday.

Very different style, but also with a French flavor is the inside of the St. Louis Cathedral.

Late morning we took a two hour river cruise on the Natchez, the only remaining steam-powered paddlewheeler on the Mississippi, so they said.

While we waited to board, we were entertained by a medley of familiar tunes played on the boat’s steam calliope.

Soon we were underway, the deck vibrating from the effort of the huge paddlewheel.

You can see the massive engine at work down below, this is only a small part of it. The engine is the oldest part of the boat, salvaged from an older one and put in a new steel body in the 1970s.

It was a fun and relaxing trip, and a good way to get a feel for the surrounding area. The large port was busy, there were historic buildings and monuments, and we passed the notorious 9th ward, flooded by Hurricane Katrina. The idea of living below water level baffles me, but there they are.

In the afternoon we had lunch in another cafe, and visited a National Park information center on the area as well as a few more bookstores. Now we’re resting up before getting ready for Neil’s party. I expect to blog about that next time.

One thought on “French Style and the Big Muddy

  1. David Goldfarb

    Katie and I took a trip to NO last month to celebrate our first anniversary, so much of this looks familiar. (We made a point of eating at Green Goddess, which I’d heard about on Neil’s blog. That was a terrific meal, and they mentioned that they were going to cater Neil’s birthday.) We saw the riverboat, too, although we didn’t take the trip.

    (That French word for doughnuts is “beignets”, btw.)

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