Thanks to a wedding gift from my new brother-in-law, my new wife and I were able to visit the colorful New Orleans for our honeymoon. It is true what they say, it is a party central. We were a couple of weeks away from the beginning of Mardi Gras, so we saw a lot of the decorations being put up for the holidays. There was purple, green and gold everywhere. I will say New Orleans is a haven for photographers. The older buildings with the vast amount of colors are a paradise for any photographer.
The charm of the city was everywhere, as you can see by the sign above. Everywhere there were delicious restaurants and fun bars to check out. Plus, the shopping was different, including all the markets. Of course we were near the famous Bourbon street, where we stayed a few nights. And no, we didn’t stay in the bars, but some condos on the same street. It was away from the partying and near the neighborhoods.
Above is a photo of a stained glass window found in the historic St. Louis Cathedral in the famous Jackson Square. All of the stained glass in the cathedral had the stories of St. Louis, the king of France. The cathedral is open during the day, and yes, you can take photos when there are no church services going on.
We were able to see a lot of the area, but not as much as we would have liked too. We were only there for about three days, and there is just too much in New Orleans to see everything in that amount of time. I would suggest maybe one to two weeks if you make plans to visit the area. I will say, you could still see some of the effects of hurricane Katrina. The city is doing better, but it still needs help. They are doing a great job of restoring this beautiful city though. And last, here is a picture of a Mardi Gras mask. It wouldn’t be New Orleans without one. And don’t forget to check out a few more photos at the bottom.