NOLA: Louis & Jackson

St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.  This has to be my favorite place in New Orleans.  It takes the cake.

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We walked through this area at least a couple times everyday.  If not during our daytime treks, then we’d pass by at night after dinner.  I think it’s so pretty.  And full of history.  And I like it.

I had no idea the oldest cathedral in the United States was in New Orleans.  We walked through the place, following the stories of the stained glass windows and painted ceilings.  My first cathedral experience ever was in Kohl, Germany in 2008.  I visited St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City in 2009.  And though, St. Paul’s and St. Louis’s houses aren’t as extravagant as Europe’s, they were still awesome to explore.

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Shoo people!  Can’t you see I’m trying to work here!

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If I could stand in a seashell at work, that would be awesome.

And I’d most likely sing tunes from The Little Mermaid all day.

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And truth be told, I have a lot of fun walking around, trying to set up interesting shots.  Like the cherub holding the Holy water.  I dig.  Speaking of Holy water…

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I found it amusing.

Jackson Square, located directly in front of the cathedral, is picturesque.  If it was cooler outside, I think I would have loved it a little bit more.  Just saying.

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I think it’s so cool the horse is only on two legs.  Abby said it was the first of it’s kind – you know, the horse being on two legs part.

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“I’m ready for my close up!”

Sure, I like this area because of the pretty sights and the history but that’s not only why I like it.  We had some fun times venturing through this part of the French Quarter.  Yes… yes we did.

One night [after a few cocktails] we walked down Pirate’s Alley – Little Skipper straddled the storm gutter and walked quite a stretch of it.  I was in stitches.  Thank you, voodoo drink, for making silly stuff absolutely hilarious.  Another night we stopped to get some nighttime shots of the cathedral – I proceeded to make an ass out of myself which proceeded to make some gentleman passing by laugh at me which then caused me to snort with laughter to which then the gentlemen laughed even more.  I’m comedy relief, what can I say.

And then on yet another night we had our palms read.  It was fun thing to do and tease one another with.  I shared this with my DAd who quickly told me that he did not believe in that stuff.  (Guess what?  Neither do I.)  But as soon as I said the palm reader saw me having two girls and one boy, DAd asked if it was triplets.  My life, folks… my life.

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So yes, good times were had at the Square.  Full of smiles and laughs and pictures and stories.  And cocktails.  Because everybody has to go cups.

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August 20, 2010 - 9:24 am

Amy - You’re killin’ me! I want to go back so bad. I love all the artists in Jackson Square. There’s also a great little bakery near the cathedral. So many wonderful little places in that town.

August 20, 2010 - 9:26 am

Anamaris - Boo! These are awesome! I’m NOLA-jealous. The funny thing is, I’ve never gone inside the church even though I’ve walked around it a million times. It’s beautiful in there.

PS: I so bad. I forgot to send you off to Yo’ Mamma’s, they have killer burgers including my fave: PEANUT BUTTER & BACON. YUM!

August 20, 2010 - 9:31 am

Brooke - @Amy – It’s my last NOLA post. It’s taken me forever to get through the photos but I like it’s making you want to go back. :)
@Anamaris – We stopped by Yo Momma’s but opted out; we had plans to hit Port of Call the next day because we heard their burgers were awesome. AND THEY WERE!!!! NOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM!!

August 20, 2010 - 9:40 am

Victoria - Hey! I’ve been there. Over two years ago I went to New Orleans with Little Riddle. A friend of mine grew up just outside of town and we went on a home visit with her. I LOVED it!
Though, I did not go cups. Not on that trip. But maybe someday I can go back with my husband and do it the right way ;)

Did you make it to Camellia Grille or Brocato’s? I uploaded a few photos from my library to share. You wont’ believe how little Lil’ R, is:
http://flic.kr/p/8tS7WP
http://flic.kr/p/8tS8f2
http://flic.kr/p/8tVdM5
http://flic.kr/p/8tVdSb

Thanks for the memory jog! And great captures!

August 20, 2010 - 10:12 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - I’ve never been to NOLA but these pictures make me want to get a ticket and go. But maybe when it’s not a bizillion degrees out.

August 20, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Debbie - I didn’t make it to the cathedral, but EVERYBODY visits Jackson Square — thanks for letting us see them both through your lens!

August 20, 2010 - 2:23 pm

Brooke - @Victoria – Didn’t go to those places. Sadly, we did not have dessert. Anywhere. Because we had to go cups.
@Wendipants – Avoid when hot. It’s like Vegas – weather wise and length of trip wise.
@Debbie – You’re so sweet. Thank you for putting up with me. :)

August 20, 2010 - 7:23 pm

Denise - I’ll have to check that out one day. Beautiful shots by the way!

August 21, 2010 - 12:06 pm

Wendi - Great shots! I’m going in April. Can’t wait.

August 21, 2010 - 7:03 pm

Thomas Stazyk - Fantastic pics as always. Forgive my irreverence but I guess each Sunday the people who go that church get priest on the half shell?

August 21, 2010 - 9:07 pm

san - Great pictures!

August 23, 2010 - 3:43 pm

Rose - Hi Brooke, this is a first time visit for me. I just started blogging and I’m running around WordPress looking at all the sites I can find to get posting ideas. Your photography is inspiring. I would like to add you to my blogroll once I remember again how to do so. Great work. I really like the first photo the best.

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