Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sundays in My City - New Orleans Scenes - October 24, 2010

Sundays in My City - New Orleans Scenes - October 24, 2010

I thought I would post more pictures of my visit to New Orleans since that's where I was
last Sunday.  In between my 45 year nursing school reunion functions, my friend and I
drove around the city.  Much has changed, of course, since our student nurse days but
much has not.  Roads are terrible - part of New Orleans is at - or below - sea level and
the constant flooding when it rains, contributes to the constant disrepair of roads.  There
is still much that hasn't been repaired since Katrina and it is so sad to see houses still
boarded up.  The Quarter is much the same, though, and the Cafe du Monde was packed
at all hours of the day and night with folks wanting their beignet and coffee fix!

Magazine Street shotgun house

St. Charles home

Another St. Charles house

Oaks and St. Charles antebellum mansion

Warehouse district

Waiter at Cafe du Monde

Beignets and coffee and chicory

Sue and her beignet - no sneeze, please

Pontalba apartments at night

Light at Jackson Square

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  1. I love New Orleans! It's a city with such character and charm... you captured it beautifully.

  2. the houses are so beautiful!!

  3. Oh, thank you for sharing these, Carmen. I love New Orleans architecture. That first little house is definitely what my husband would call a "Kay house" with its veranda, wrought iron, and stained glass. Wonderful.
    Our neighbor was there not long after Katrina, but he found much to love about the city, too, although the damage made him very sad.
    -- Kay

  4. The architecture here is splendid. So much history.

  5. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Architecture is beautiful. Really enjoyed all the photos

  6. Those live oaks are evergreens and common in south Georgia, too. One of my favorite trees - so majestic. I also find the weathered row houses so appealing.

  7. those are lovely houses, so much characters.

  8. Those houses are gorgeous.

  9. It's been 35 years since I last visited New Orleans. After seeing so much of Katrina's devastation on television it's nice to see that some of the fine old homes survived. Thanks for taking me back to the days of my misspent youth!

  10. I think the first one is my favorite. Like it's decorated with jewels.

  11. the houses speak so much character Carmen, and the coffee and desert looks so inviting....

  12. What an amazing place, full of so much character. I hope to visit someday. I'm sorry I never got to see it before Katrina.

  13. I love St Charles town, it is very upscale!

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    Tara R. -
    I'm glad you liked my photos of New Orleans. It is such a city of contrasts - wealth, poverty, history, incredible food, devastation from Katrina - somehow it bounces back, thank God.

    Priyanka Bhowmick -
    There are so many beautiful antebellum homes. I wish I had been able to get out and about more.

    Kay L.Davies -
    The devastation of Katrina is still very prevalent in New Orleans. It really bothers me to see it.

    The Ancient Digger -
    I have always loved New Orleans for its history. It was so much fun living there for nursing school and my first few years after. I've been lucky to visit almost every year since then.

    Thom -
    There is such a variety of architecture in New Orleans - not too many high rises because of its being at or below sea level but the lovely antebellum homes and the local "shotgun" houses and the French and Spanish influence as seen in the Quarter.

    secret agent woman -
    Those live oaks are beautiful. They seem to grow so well all over the south. I remember seeing them at several of the plantations I've visited in GA and South Carolina.

    Ayie -
    I'd love to stay in one of those old homes...I know some of them in southwest LA are bed and breakfasts now.

    rainfield61 -
    The New Orleans houses - and those along the Mississippi around Natchez and Vicksburg - are so lovely.

    Rocket Man -
    There were large areas of New Orleans that survived Katrina pretty well, thankfully - but others did not.

    Sharkbytes (TM) -
    That little shotgun house reminds me of one in which I lived in New Orleans. It was quite that fancy, though.

    betchai -
    The old New Orleans houses always have me in a world of fantasy, imagining days of yore, grand balls, aristocrats...

    Unknown Mami -
    When I lived in New Orleans, we experienced Hurricane Betsy which was an awful storm, not nearly as bad as Katrina, though. Our school of nursing was next to where the Superdome is now. I just cannot fathom all the flooding that New Orleans experienced with Katrina
    ( though the city floods just after a rain ). There is still so much that hasn't been cleaned up which is really sad.

    Self Sagacity -
    You are right, that area of St. Charles is just beautiful - so many elegant homes. I love riding the streetcar up and down!

  15. I am heading to NOLA today! I used to live in the grande old dame. You are right. It's in disrepair. But hints of the old charm shine through in your photos. Thanks for sharing. Laurie

  16. those houses are stunning. i wonder what it looks like inside?