Hey there Frenchy
Trip Start Jun 20, 2009
32Trip End Aug 03, 2009
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The French quarter is certainly a strange site. It something you certainly wouldn’t expect in a country like the USA. The architecture is mostly very old and is very interesting to look at. People pretty much dominate the French Quarter especially at night, so it is a car’s nightmare. The shops consist of either voodoo souvenir shops, restaurants with specific French New Orleans menus and bars. Bourbon street is full of bars and strip clubs, which really comes to life in the evenings. It reminds me somewhat of that street in Bangkok (Patpong?)
Away from Bourbon street you get a more classy area where the French market is and the fancier restaurants are. The French Market is pretty much what you’d expect, people selling t-shirts, bags, gizmos and gadgets that have no 'real’ value apart from having a display purpose. Jazz and Blues are pretty much played in every restaurant so it certainly isn’t hard to find. Sitting outside is the main problem, as it is very hot and most of the bands are playing outside. The weather certainly improved today, as it is completely clear, in contrast to the torrential rain yesterday.
Along the walking tour, I visited the main chapel of New Orleans which doesn’t differ much from what the East Melbourne Shul looked like. I also saw Jackson Square where most of the street performers play. Most are solo acts, but they certainly differ in quality. When I was there, there was a guy who must have just found a used saxophone and was just blowing into it like a crazy man.
I would certainly recommend New Orleans as a good place to relax and listen to music, so far it’s the coolest place I have been.
Tomorrow I’m off to Baton Rouge for a night.