Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral | New Orleans, Louisiana

Jackson Square is a historic landmark in the French Quarter, surrounded by the famous St. Louis Cathedral and many historic buildings.  It is an iconic image of New Orleans, home to artists, performers, psychics, and the creative set.

My Aunt Mo and I purchased some fun handmade crowns in front of the cathedral.  There are so many people in costume during Mardi Gras that the least we could do was add some festivity to our hair!
 

I think my favorite part of Jackson Square is the calm and grassy center where people spread out and relax.  This happened to be a gorgeous day (especially for February), so I am glad we were passing through to see it in its glory.

Under Spanish colonial administration, the square was known as Plaza de Armas.  Throughout the French Quarter, historic plaques like the one below outline the city’s history.  It is very interesting, because while it is called the ‘French Quarter’, most of the buildings are currently Spanish in style.  The Spanish administered after the French and many of the wooden French structures were destroyed easily by fire.  There is my fun fact for you!  Which is also why the French Quarter reminded me SO much of Puerto Rico.

There are vendors, tarot readers, and street artists lining around the entire block. It is basically an artist colony of the city’s creative and talented.

Our family bought us a piece of art for our bar in Jackson Square (which has slowly become a collection of our favorite travel finds!)… and I LOVE it so much.  It is cut from scrap metal salvaged from the ninth ward after Hurricane Katrina.

Isn’t that amazing?  It is perfect for us, and I can’t wait to show a photo of it in the bar area.

Like all of New Orleans, Jackson Square is packed full of character, history, and that lovely music so unique to the city!
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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10218086821318824932 Arni @ Travel Gourmande

    I had no idea there were Spanish influences in the architecture of New Orleans, particularly the French Quarter. I always thought it's all French in style.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00952918199561874968 Kim Alston

    Yes, St. Louis Cathedral is a beautiful church. Love the headdresses you bought. The artists in the french quarter are so talented.
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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10888956203263380230 Susannah

    What gorgeous buildings! You look like you had a blast!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01648125724475111816 Sara DePasquale

    So pretty!! I've been to New Orleans once when I was in middle school – I would really love to visit again as an adult. Seeing these pics and reading about the cool history there is making me want to move it up to the top of my US travels wish list!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15614940560800247144 Faith

    I cannot wait to visit New Orleans one day! Amazing captures!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15602794470283962696 Ashley R

    I can only imagine how awesome your photos would be!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15602794470283962696 Ashley R

    That is what I thought too. I love learning new things- I imagine the design aspect definitely appeals to you too.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15602794470283962696 Ashley R

    I totally agree- I wish I could have purchased something from each one of the talented people we met.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15602794470283962696 Ashley R

    One of my favorite trips to date- it definitely took me (pleasantly) by surprise!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15602794470283962696 Ashley R

    I think that you should definitely move it up! <3