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1974 Trip to New Orleans, Part 2

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"The St. Louis Cathedral (according to their website) is one of New Orleans' most notable landmarks. Few cities in the world are so identified by a building as is New Orleans. The city is instantly recognized by our cathedral and its position overlooking Jackson Square."

"This venerable building, its triple steeples towering above its historic neighbors, the Cabildo and the Presbytere - looks down benignly on the green of the Square and General Andrew Jackson on his bronze horse and on the block-long Pontalba Buildings with their lacy ironwork galleries. Truly, this is the heart of old New Orleans."

"The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States."

Just outside the cathedral, artists set up an open-air art fair.

I was quite interested in the artist doing a portrait of the gentleman in the purple suit. Using a live sitting for a portrait may be one of the most difficult things an artist can do. This one seemed to pull it off quite well.

Nearby, a cute little girl was feeding the pigeons — it was a feeding frenzy. This scene made me think of my baby sister (I was 14 when she was born and is, of course, no longer a baby, but just as cute.)

We all know that New Orleans is the home of jazz with music constantly played in clubs including the famous Preservation Hall. In this photo, you can see how musicians and the music have spilled out onto the streets. In what other city does one find such goings-on?

By the way, I did visit Preservation Hall too (terrible light inside, therefore no photos). It was an old facility — the audience just stood to listen to the music, which was wonderful. Unfortunately, a man standing next to me decided to light up a cigarette. I said something to him like, "You know, it's awfully close in here". He responded with, "Well, I just lit it up and don't want to waste it."

Here we see another street musician with an interesting instrument — and I have no idea what it is called. She was very good too.

Not only does New Orleans have old-style architecture, but old-style transportation. The electric streetcar reminded me of Baltimore (where I grew up) and San Francisco (at the time, I had only seen the pictures). According to Wikipedia, electric railways are still providing local transportation both here and in San Francisco (but not Baltimore).

Not many cities are still transporting passengers via horse-drawn carriages — but New Orleans is.

According to some reviews, this is the best way to see this wonderful city.

One New Orleans architectural detail that I fell in love with was the small courtyards between certain buildings. Some were obviously privately owned but others seemed to be public places.

Here I sat in one of the public courtyards and remembered some of the treats of New Orleans that I experienced on this trip such as its signature sweet known as pralines (sold in shops everywhere). I also learned to love fresh oysters, caught in the morning in Lake Pontchartrain, and served in a restaurant or seafood bar in the afternoon and evening. If they ain't fresh, they ain't oysters. And for dessert, my memory goes back to (where else) Café du Monde where they serve up their crispy beignets and specialty coffees. No wonder people love this city!

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com