Where This Meets That
Our last day in New Orleans was my favorite. The sun came out, bringing with it a little warmth, and our entire objective for the day was simply to stroll.
We strolled down Royal Street and enjoyed a wonderful brunch at The Court of Two Sisters to officially kick off our day.
Afterward, we saw some superb street performers, including this awesome “French Quarter Transformer.” Click HERE to check him out in motion . . . totally worth a dollar!
We also heard some jam-up sidewalk jazz performances, like The Smoking Time Jazz Club, pictured here. Bought two CD’s from these guys.
Along the way, we perused some wonderful art galleries and antiques shops, none of which were very receptive to cameras, so, as far as you’re concerned . . . we continued our stroll.
I love the way so many corner buildings in the French Quarter wrap their corners.
Jackson Square was an artist’s delight, with colorful street stands displaying tons of local talent. Probably could have spent a whole day there alone, had we the time.
Just across the street, we broke to enjoy Café du Monde’s famous beignets and café au lait. Funny how you can tell who has eaten at Café du Monde by the bits of powdered sugar they spray as they talk and by the snowy white trail of it down their fronts. Truly a delicious treat, just one that leaves its mark!
Across Jackson Square from Café du Monde is St. Louis Cathedral. This is the oldest continually operating cathedral in the U.S., and we reveled in its beauty as a backdrop to Jackson Square. We stood on the mall of the French Quarter Visitors Center and took in the view, St. Louis Cathedral on one side and the Mississippi River on the other. This was truly one of the most picturesque city scenes I’ve ever seen.
Here, I had a nice little moment with strangers. We were about to make our way to the cathedral to attend Mass, when I saw a young man taking a picture of his female companion in front of the cathedral and offered to take a picture of both of them together. They beamed as I photographed them both together, then afterward, the man asked something of me. He spoke with a thick Latin accent that I had difficulty understanding, so I asked him to repeat. He smiled and repeated, “May I return this blessing to you?”
His wording touched me. I have no idea where this couple was visiting from, but seeing the joy in their eyes at being photographed together in front of this beautiful cathedral, and the man’s reference to my simple act as a “blessing” told me a lot: this pair was a brother and sister of mine.
Be sure to check back in coming days for a closer look at St. Louis Cathedral!