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Every year my family goes on one big, week-long vacation to a new city:

2005: Las Vegas
2006: New York
2007: Miami
2008: Chicago

This year we went to New Orleans. I took over 200 photos of the city that I will post here. Admittley, I don't have a very high quality camera so I'm hoping they all came out right becasue as I post them, this is first time I see them. I won't post them all at once, becasue it would take too long but probably over the next week I'll put them all up. Here you go:

Set 1 (1-29)

As always, I start out with the view from our hotel room. Some of these are through a window which is why they are a bit blurry. Here's a view out of the north facing window.






Here's facing south where we had a balcony so this is not through a window.




This is me just getting to the hotel after a 10 hour car ride. We stayed at the Windsor Court Hotel in downtown just North of Harrah's casino. I HIGHLY reccomend the Windsor Court, by the way. Anyway, here you have the roof of Harrah's casino and the Canal place office and westin complex in the background.


This is one of the grand entryways to the Harrah's casino, fronting Canal Str. with the World Trade Center in the background.


Again, this is the Harrah's Casino, with the Harrah's hotel tower in the background


This is looking North on Canal St. During the trip I personally dubbed Canal St. the "Times Square of the South". It really has that vibe with tall hotel towers and lots of signage. Here you have the Sheraton on the left, the Marriott on the right, and the Old Custom's Building which was being rehabbed in the foreground on the right. Notice the trolley line down the center on Canal St.


Looking back you see Harrah's Casino in the right with the World Trade center and the Hilton Hotel in the backgorund.


This is inside Canal Place Mall. One of two urban malls in the downtown area.


This is again looking up Canal St.


One of the trolleys as it passed by Harrah's.


Canal Place is on the right, the Sheraton and Capital One towers are on the left. The Capital One Tower is the 2nd tallest bulding in New Orleans.


Again, looking North on Canal St. You can see One Shell Square to the left. That's the tallest in the city.


This is the Aubudon Aquarium on the Riverwalk. New Orleans has a decent waterfront in downtown, but it's hidden becasue it's not easily accessible. :nuts:


Here's the riverwalk, along the Mississippi.


Here's a look back at some of the skyline from the Riverwalk. Notice the building with the setbacks behind the yellow cage thing. That's my hotel the Windsor Court.


Another look back from the Riverwalk. Canal Place is on the left edge of the photo, the big Canal St. hotels are in the center and part of the French Quarter on the right.


Holocaust memorial in front.


There's lots of memorial along the riverwalk.


Another look back at the skyline. Notice One Shell Square.


And another memorial on the riverwalk, this one for all of the immigrants. Notice the bird on top of her head.


Nice skyline shot here, with a good chunk of the French Quarter on the right.


Trolley in front of the Jackson Brewery. Still on the Riverwalk.


Now crossing over the train tracks in to the French Quarter. These apartments that flank Jackson Square are the oldest, still occupied apartments in the country: built in 1803 before it was even American territory.


Here's the centerpice of the French Quarter, The Cathedral at Jackson Square.


Here's Washington Park, whic hserves as a nice perch for viewing Jackson Square.


Here's the twin aprtment building on the Down River side of Jackson Square.


That's actually a good stopping point there, at 29.
 

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Like I said throughout the upcoming week I'll post more and more photos and my impressions of the city, so keep checking back. :)

I'll also take any questions on the city you have. :)

Most of all, I hope you enjoy. :yes:
 

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Set 2 (30-62)

Moving downstream to the Decatur St./Peters St. apex








Here's the daytime pedestrian mall just off Jackson Square


St. Louis Cathedral with the Capital One Tower in the background


Just off Jackson Square there was always a line of horse carriages. I kinda felt for the horses becasue it was HOT out


The ceiling inside St. Louis Cathedral


The French Quarter is very urban and livable in general. It does lack park space other then Jackson Square.


The Capital One building shows up in a lot of my pictures because it made for great corridor views in the Quarter


Near the French Market


Another one of those great corridor views


Alright now heading back to Canal St, the Louisiana Supreme Court is in the French Quarter


Back on Canal St.


This is down Fulton St, another pedestrian mall


Heading back to the hotel, here's a picture of the W hotel and our hotel, the Windsor Court


This is the driveway to our hotel, and that was it for the day


We did a French Quarter walking tour the next day (don't worry, not all of my pictures are the French Quarter)






Back to Jackson Square






Near the French Market


Lots of galleries throughout the Quarter with lots of plants. I guess making up for the overall lack of park space




Though it's disputed, this place claims to be the 2nd oldest bar in the Quarter


The Quarter is known for it's large courtyard, and many of the churches have them too










That's all for this set :cheers:
 

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Here's some more:

Set 3 (63-88)

Alright, now inside the church that finnished up the last set is now a museum. After Hurricane Katrina many churches had problems getting congregations so to help the other ones out this one closed. Now it's a museum. Here is a model of the French Quater in the 50's.





A memorial to key figures for the the church over the years. They're all facing the virgin Mary.


More galleries with lots of plants in the French Quarter




This bar claims to be the oldest in the United States, but it is generally regarded that a bar in Providence actually holds this record.


Again, courtyards play a key roll in the French Quarter






Yup, some lady's hair


Okay, I also went on a swamp boat tour and that was probably the best thing on the trip. Gators come right next to the boat. That's a gator facing the boat right in the middle of the picture.




Yes, I was that close














This is a very old graveyard right on the swamp. Pirates of the Caribbean 2 was originally going to shoot scenes here but then Katrina came.


And one of the fishing towns just outside the swamp


Lastly for this set, we'll finnish with some ksyline shots. The tall bridges in New Orleans give some very good views. This was coming back from the swamp tour on bus.


On a bridge






That's it for now. :banana:
 

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^Thanks. ;)

You would've laughed at the swamp tour. The guy that drove our boat did everything the people here in Florida tell you NOT to do with gators. He was feeding them by hand and he had them jump out of the water by putting a rope over their head. :lol:
 

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^Thanks. ;)

You would've laughed at the swamp tour. The guy that drove our boat did everything the people here in Florida tell you NOT to do with gators. He was feeding them by hand and he had them jump out of the water by putting a rope over their head. :lol:
Well of course it's Louisiana, they aren't pussies like people here lol. They get down and dirty!
 

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Nice shots. I really like the idea of an out of towner referring to the French Quarter as "the Quarter." Spoken like a true local, my friend! The only thing different is many locals refer to it as "the Quarters." We put an "s" at the end. :)
 

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Thanks so much for all of the beautiful pictures of my wonderful hometown. As you can see, contrary to the lingering beliefs of some, the city is no longer under water.
 

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Now, on one of the days I went to Oak Valley Plantation about an hour up river from New Orleans





































And these were skyline shots from the bus ride back (there wasn't much I could do about the reflection)








That's it for now! :banana:
 

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Whoever planted those oak trees "100 years older than the big house," sure left us a nice gift! I've planted a handful of live oaks in my life at various locations. I know that I'll never see them grand, but, some day someone will.
 
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