Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Beauty of New Orleans

Every time I visit New Orleans, I am struck by the architectural and natural beauty that surrounds me. The buildings, the neighborhoods, the trees, the river, the bayous... they're truly unique. They reflect an older time that will never be forgotten.

Yes, even the grand Bourbon Street has a place in history... I took the liberty of censoring a bit, because this is a nice blog. ;)

I stayed in this hotel once, Hotel Le Cirque. At night, the outside lights up to all different colors.

When's the last time you saw this many buildings in one picture?

When you walk down St. Charles Avenue, you see so many beautiful trees.

Often, they're decorated with all kinds of Mardi Gras beads. This city celebrates Mardi Gras all year round.

Here's a St. Charles streetcar. These streetcars are hundreds of years old, and still in working operation to this day.

This is the more modern Canal Street streetcar. These streetcars are so fun to ride, it's like being on an old-fashioned train.

This is the Mississippi river. Every time I visit the city, I visit this river. This last time, I enjoyed a nice little lunch of jambalaya, Camembert cheese, crackers and blackberry jelly by this river.

This is Bayou St. John. One of my friends lives near here, she's lucky she gets to see it all the time.

One more post to come, where I'll talk a little more about New Orleans and the rest of my Thanksgiving vacation. :)


  1. Excellent post, Jen!

    You seem to have a knack for capturing the true essence of what a great city like New Orleans has to offer. Appreciate the great photos and background history you shared. Guess New Orleans is way much more than the image I use to have of the place where Drew Brees and the Siants play football. Your pics suggests it's also an awe-inspiring place that dazzles.

    Hahaha @ your witty quip..."Yes, even the grand Bourbon Street has a place in history... I took the liberty of censoring a bit, because this is a nice blog. ;)" <==== classic

    Just curious, Are there steamboat rides offered on the Mississippi River to the general public? Looking forward to your next post. Back next week to see what's next on tap here at your Epic Treats. Safe travels, Jen.

  2. Glad you enjoyed my post, Al :). Football is a huge thing for New Orleans, but what I like most about it is the culture and natural beauty.

    I actually didn't realize what was in my picture until I looked at it later, but thank goodness for "paint," haha.

    There are indeed steamboat rides offered on the Mississippi river to anyone who wants to pay maybe $50-$75, depending on what kind of "cruise" they take. I think there is also a ferry for free. I haven't taken either one, but I'd imagine they are very nice. I'm just not a huge fan of boats, I get kind of dizzy, haha. Planes are ok, though.

    See you next week!

  3. Hey Jen!

    Peekaboo! Seems the New Orleans faithful had much to cheer about Sunday night as Drew Brees had a great outing, leading the Saints to another impressive victory.

    Nice catch on your part preventing a major "Oops"/"Uh-Oh" moment on your blog--hahaha--good one! Does the name Bourbon imply that stiff drinks like orange juice or milk cannot be found in the fine establishments gracing Bourbon Street? <=== Just teasing, haha

    Can imagine a steamboat ride on the mighty Mississippi River being an adventurous/amazing experience, but agree with your choice of travel--via plane--rather than dealing with a potential case of motion/seasickness...

    The major media networks recently broadcast reports about some powerful windstorms that inflicted heavy damage out in your area, so hope all is well with you and yours. Hope you guys were out of harms way. Be safe.

    Have a great week!

  4. Yay, go Saints! :)
    Yes, that's exactly what it implies-- all alcohol, all the time. They even have a "three for one happy hour" at like, 3:00 in the afternoon.
    I get to fly on a plane again in January to visit Virginia, so excited! It's not even that I get "sick" per se on boats, they just make me very dizzy. Planes, I can handle. :)
    Don't worry, no wind here. It must be a different part of California. Thanks for the concern though. :)

  5. Hi Jen!

    Sitting here trying to wrap my brain around the concept of a "three for one happy hour", but better stop before I strain myself...guess the implication suggests 3 different stiff drinks in 1 single glass, which should bring on a major case of dizziness soon afterwards, or guess it could also mean 3 drinks for the price of 1...

    Will have to conduct some research to determine how many opposing teams venturing into New Orleans for a game w/the Siants may find themselves restricted to accommodations on Bourbon Street several hours before opening kickoff <=== just teasing, the Siants are playing so well they don't need any secret weapons, and, besides, they're a classy organization from the locker room to the boardroom.

    Encouraging to hear that those fierce windstorms spared your community from its path of destruction, and hopefully those affected elsewhere are well on their way to a full recovery. Happy to hear you'll be airborne next month en route to Virginia--woohoo!/safe travels, Jen. Your sense of adventure should make for an exciting post w/pics upon your safe return.

    Are you familiar with that segment on NBC's Today Show featuring anchor Matt Lauer called "Where in The World Is Matt Lauer?"

  6. Yes, that's what it means-- three for the price of one. I was once offered this deal personally by a bouncer on Bourbon Street when I was in search of some alligator to try. I politely declined and the bouncer escorted me to the Cajun Cabin next door to him, where he suggested I could find some alligator on the menu.

    Hah, any team in New Orleans is sure to enjoy themselves, Bourbon Street or not. ;)

    I'm really quite lucky over in my area of California, it's been a little breezy but mostly quite sunny and warm during the day. I like to just sit under a tree and enjoy the sunshine before I start work each day.

    I am not familiar with that segment, but I will check it out. :)

  7. Pretty nifty deal @ "three for the price of one", and as long as everyone drinks responsibly, it's a win-win all around.

    Just curious, Do you find reading the menu at establishments like the "Cajun Cabin" interesting? Are there any colorful/delightful names used to describe a specific sandwich/dish?

    I gathered from my reading that Sir Isaac Newton also enjoyed sitting under a tree to enjoy the sunshine--great minds they say think alike.

    Noticed your latest post, so am scrolling up...