On Friday I had an early morning meeting with a client in the beautiful courtyard of her hotel in the French Quarter. The weather was so warm & the air so inviting, that I decided to do some wandering around the French Market. I bought a handmade hair piece from an artist, then the breeze of the river enticed me for a walk along its levee.
From there the smells of chicory coffee & the smiles of the giddy tourists guided me to the corner of Cafe du Monde.
I then followed my ears to the beats of Young Fellaz Brass Band playing on Decauter St.. I danced a little, smiled a lot, took some shots (the camera type), tipped of course, and then went on my way to see what other surprises & entertainment awaited me in the French Quarter.
I stopped at a Community Coffee for a cafe au lait & to spend a couple hours catching up on business. An oyster po-boy for lunch, with a mocha almond ice cream daiquiri for dessert, mmm…yummy! Then time to walk it off with some window shopping on Royal St., where I found Tanner’s amazing paintings that are now added to my fine art wish list. Below is a picture I took through the gallery’s window, be sure to check out their website to see some of his work.
From there I headed to my favorite spot in the Quarter, Jackson Square. I chatted with a few street artists in the square, particularly Sher Stewart, who greatly enjoyed talking to me about Denver. She doesn’t have a website or email, but was very happy to know that her picture would be shown on my blog on the internet, as she hopes it will bring more people to find & purchase from her in person.
Spring is a popular time of year for tourists & festivals in New Orleans. The street artists, musicians, and horse buggy drivers take full advantage of the increase of people in town. Musicians could be found on every street corner, including the unique sounds of The Jaded Optimists below.
Locals decorate their doors & homes in sometimes some quite unusual & unexpected ways. And everywhere you turn in the French Quarter music is celebrated. Below is the monthly line up at Balcony Music Club & one resident’s uniquely decorated doorway.
I finally headed back to my car, but not before one last detour. I walked past the R Bar & saw that they were hosting a free crawfish boil! So I decided I could hang around for another hour or so to take advantage of that. I took one more cafe break to catch up with some photo editing, then headed to the R Bar for a plate of hot boiled crawfish & an Abita beer. I don’t know if anything could have made this work day in the Quarter any better. Life is good.
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