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I headed into New Orleans today to take a photo trip around the city. I was originally planning on walking around the French Quarter, all of downtown, and Uptown, but due to work on the sidewalks in downtown and rain coming in, my trip was cut a bit short. Though I still made it through the Quarter and lower downtown. :D

Here are my pictures from the French Quarter, enjoy!

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The Original House of Blues

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The Bienville House Hotel

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The Louisiana Supreme Court Building

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NOPD Car

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Looking back at Bank One Center

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Some French Quarter Shots

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The Bourbon Orleans Hotel

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The back of Saint Louis Cathedral

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Since it's a French Quarter photo thread, I have to post this

BTW, these are not the original street signs for Bourbon and Orleans. Many of the streetsigns for famous New Orleans streets were stolen after Katrina.

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The street that I was born and raised on. :)

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Statue of Jesus in the rear courtyard of Saint Louis Cathedral

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Great pics Nate. You fooled me by putting them over here instead of the Louisiana forum. And I noticed both photobucket and image shack are having problems tonight. I started using flickr to upload my pics. Anyway thanks for sharing the pics. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest when you get the chance.

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Here are a few more :D

Looking down through Jackson Square

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The Statue of former President and New Orleans' loved General Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson Statue in front of the Saint Louis Cathedral

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Jackson Square and Saint Louis Cathedral seen from the levee

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The Cabildo

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Looking down the Riverfront Streetcar Line Tracks

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The Crescent City Connection

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Lower Downtown and the Mississippi River at low tide

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Looking out over the Mississippi River

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The Riverfront Line, like the Canal Street Line, is using the Saint Charles Ave. Streetcars because they were not flooded

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A Saint Charles Ave. Streetcar on the Riverfront Line in front of the Jackson Brewery

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Cafe Du Monde :D

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The walkway behing Cafe Du Monde and some French Quarter Shops

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A street musician at Cafe Du Monde

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New Orleans

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Bears Restaurant in the Quarter

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Looking towards downtown from the Quarter

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The buggy's lining up outside of Jackson Square.

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Some French Quarter Shots

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The Jackson(Jax) Brewery

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French Quarter Shot

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Only in New Orleans :lol:

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And to finish the thread off, a photo of a NOFD Fire Truck. The NOFD saved hundreds if not thousands of lives during and after Katrina, and were truly American heroes . :)

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Those are some great pics Nate. I noticed some from angles I've seen before and many that I've never seen. Nice selection from different areas. I do have a question for you, since you mentioned the name what is The Cabildo?

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I've always really liked the architecture of the French Quarter. Maybe someone can answer this question for me. I've heard a lot of the wrought iron that you see on the buildings was actually brought about while the city was under the Spanish not the French. Anyone know anything about this?

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what is The Cabildo?

The Cabildo was built in 1799, and served as the superior court building to Spain and France when New Orleans was under there rule. It also served as the Louisiana Supreme Court building from 1865 until the early 1900's. It is most famous for being the building where the Louisiana Purchase was officially ratified.

There was actually a major fire that started in the Cabildo in 1988, and at a time the Fire Department was expecting that fire to burn down nearly all of the French Quarter, though it was eventually controlled, and the damaged parts of the Cabildo were re-constructed.

I've always really liked the architecture of the French Quarter. Maybe someone can answer this question for me. I've heard a lot of the wrought iron that you see on the buildings was actually brought about while the city was under the Spanish not the French. Anyone know anything about this?

Much of the original French Quarter was purely French, but burned down in a great fire in 1794 when the city was back under Spanish rule. The Spanish then rebuilt The Quarter with strict new fire codes, which included requiring all houses to be built close to the street, in order to create a fire wall, something that proved to be a very good idea in some later fires. Also as a result most of the architecture that the "French" Quarter" is famous for is actually Spanish. The old French houses had peaked roofs, while the new Spanish had flat roofs, which is what we see in The Quarter today. And of course the balconies and galleries(balconies with roofs on top) are Spanish as well. Though there is still alot of French culture and history in The Quarter. :D

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The Cabildo was built in 1799, and served as the superior court building to Spain and France when New Orleans was under there rule. It also served as the Louisiana Supreme Court building from 1865 until the early 1900's. It is most famous for being the building where the Louisiana Purchase was officially ratified.

There was actually a major fire that started in the Cabildo in 1988, and at a time the Fire Department was expecting that fire to burn down nearly all of the French Quarter, though it was eventually controlled, and the damaged parts of the Cabildo were re-constructed.

Much of the original French Quarter was purely French, but burned down in a great fire in 1794 when the city was back under Spanish rule. The Spanish then rebuilt The Quarter with strict new fire codes, which included requiring all houses to be built close to the street, in order to create a fire wall, something that proved to be a very good idea in some later fires. Also as a result most of the architecture that the "French" Quarter" is famous for is actually Spanish. The old French houses had peaked roofs, while the new Spanish had flat roofs, which is what we see in The Quarter today. And of course the balconies and galleries(balconies with roofs on top) are Spanish as well. Though there is still alot of French culture and history in The Quarter. :D

Thanks for all the info Nate. You planning on posting these pics over in the Louisiana forum too?

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Thanks for all the info Nate. You planning on posting these pics over in the Louisiana forum too?

No problem, I actually enjoy explaining New Orleans history. :D

I'll definately post these pictures in the Louisiana forum as well. I still have downtown New Orleans picures, and pictures from the heavily devestated area of New Orleans East that I'll upload and post both here and in the LA forum. :)

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Excellent pics, NCB! It seems likeNew Orleans is recovering nicely. It's great to see that a lot of the most historical buildings were spared. I love the pics of the street signs such a unique touch! The pictures of the street activity (people or otherwise) were very nice, too. :)

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Excellent pics, NCB! It seems likeNew Orleans is recovering nicely. It's great to see that a lot of the most historical buildings were spared. I love the pics of the street signs such a unique touch! The pictures of the street activity (people or otherwise) were very nice, too. :)

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The Cabildo was built in 1799, and served as the superior court building to Spain and France when New Orleans was under there rule. It also served as the Louisiana Supreme Court building from 1865 until the early 1900's. It is most famous for being the building where the Louisiana Purchase was officially ratified.

There was actually a major fire that started in the Cabildo in 1988, and at a time the Fire Department was expecting that fire to burn down nearly all of the French Quarter, though it was eventually controlled, and the damaged parts of the Cabildo were re-constructed.

I don't mean to be a pain in the @$$... but actually, the Cabildo was constructed in 1795-99 as the seat of the Spanish Colonial government in New Orleans. The name of the governing body who met there was the "Illustrious Cabildo" or city council. Over the years, the building also served as the home of the Louisiana Supreme Court. :blush:

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I don't mean to be a pain in the @$$... but actually, the Cabildo was constructed in 1795-99 as the seat of the Spanish Colonial government in New Orleans. The name of the governing body who met there was the "Illustrious Cabildo" or city council. Over the years, the building also served as the home of the Louisiana Supreme Court. :blush:

Thanks for the added info, JWR. :D

I wasn't aware that the name of the Spanish governing body who met in the building was called the "Illustrious Cabildo."

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WOW! These pictures are great. The French Quarters might well be one of my most favorite areas in all of the US. It's just something about the beauty of the old world architecture that mystifies me.

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^Thanks, Lady Celeste! :)

The French Quarter is definately one of my favorite areas in the country. I've loved the Quarter and everything it has to offer for as long as I can remember.

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^That's what I love about the French Quarter right now as well. When I went back for the first time after Katrina, I was more happy than I thought I would ever be to smell that morning-after smell. ;)

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^That's what I love about the French Quarter right now as well. When I went back for the first time after Katrina, I was more happy than I thought I would ever be to smell that morning-after smell. ;)

The morning after smell? Please tell me you're not talking about spilt beer and vomit. :lol:

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