New Orleans French Quarter
The New Orleans French Quarter, or the Vieux Carre, which means the ‘old square’ in French, stretches along the Mississippi River from the Canal Street to the Esplanade avenue and to the Rampart Street. In other words, it is 13 blocks long and 6 blocks wide.The city was founded back in the 1718 and was centred on the French Quarter and the whole district is regarded as the National Historic Landmark and has many individual historic buildings. The architecture of the buildings is varied; some reflect the Spanish style. It also has the unique French colonial architecture with French peaked roofs, though flat tiled ones later on replaced these.
There are many tourist attractions in and around the New Orleans French Quarter. You should not miss the Jackson Square, which was originally designed by the architect Louis H. Pilié, overlooking the Mississippi River across the Decatur Street. The place has a whole lot of eateries, hosts Jazz fest and plenty of other entertainments. The sights and sounds of the French Quarter are captivating to the visitors and Jackson Square is said to be the heart of the Quarter. It is always replete with tourists, artists, historical buildings, museums, and the famous Moon Walk that provides an excellent view of the Mississippi River. The others that are not to be missed are the riverboat cruises, the Spring Fiesta and the French Quarter Festival.
The New Orleans French Quarter also has the Bourbon Street that has the Bourbon Pub and Oz, which are the largest two gay clubs. It also has the Café Lafitte in Exile – one of the oldest running gay bars in the US. Then there is famous Gay Mardi Grasthen and the St. Ann Street, often called as the ‘Lavender Line’, the French Quarter’s predominately gay district. Another thing that is not to be missed is the fine French cuisine. Most of the restaurants have gone online and have their menus online for you to go through them.
The French Market in the New Orleans French Quarter has the flea market shops, the old farmer’s market and the Café du Monde. The shops sell all sorts of things. The area includes more than 20 retails shops selling unique merchandise and is said to be America’s Oldest Public Market. It has plenty of recreational shopping opportunities. The district also boasts of the free ongoing special events, public art, scenic walkways and, above all, the convenient riverside parking. Another important landmark of the New Orleans French Quarter is the Brulatour Patio, known because of its stairways and the signature arch along with the fan doors and the windows that dates back to 1816.
One of the oldest buildings of the New Orleans French Quarter is the Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop that has become one of the major tourist attractions. It was built sometime around 1772 and still displays the original French architecture. This place thus provides an excellent mixture of the old and new, and it is no wonder that the place has turned into a favourite tourist attraction.