New Orleans French QuarterThis is going to be a different style of writing as I'm going to give you a journey through the French Quarter, what places I liked, what I disliked, where to go and wander, and things I discovered during it. PLEASE let me know via comments if you like this style better than the previous styles as I'm evaluating how I'm going to proceed into the future.
The Vieux Carre is the oldest area of New Orleans, started in 1718, and is now the tourist mecca of New Orleans. It is inundated with what is called the Creole style, many call it French Colonial, but that is wrong. It was invented here with building length outside galleries decorated by intricate iron supports and railings to deal with the insane heat of Louisiana in the summer, spring, fall, ok, all the time.
After the Spanish took control, most of the wood was outlawed due to endless fires and only brick and stucco were allowed.
The ArrivalI took the riverside streetcar line from Canal street, where I was staying, down to the Dumaine Street Station. You need to ask for a stop because if nobody is at the station, they will cruise right on by.
This put me close to Jackson Square, where you can climb up the steps of Washington Artillery Park and you can get the amazing picture I used for the main one of this post. Right next to that is Cafe Du Monde in the French Market, where you can get beignets. Think a croissant had a baby with a cinnamon donut. Super good, super fattening.
Jackson SquareThis area is called Jackson Square, and this is also where the real French Market is, the honestly cooler one is called the Colonnade, down the river a bit.
Royal Street (Rue Royale)This is where the adults hang out, a daytime street with antiques, tons of quality original art and much lower key dining.
Bourbon StreetWhile it is a must see, and you must see it at night, it is the home of drunks, urine, vomit, and low-grade-dick bartenders (which I understand to a point, they have to deal with that place all the time). Big warning 99% of the scams and potential for unsavory actions are in this street. Go in a group.
Frenchman StreetAfter all the bad, I talked to some locals and we got along well, because it seems people like Rob when he's out and about. Anyways, many of them told me that Frenchmen Street was the place to go, and everyone hates Bourbon Street.
SummaryIt's a tourist destination, so expect that tourist things will be there, and lots of it. Also a lot of scams and potential pick-pocketing on Bourbon. There is no last call, so around 3am onwards, there will probably be people returning their drinks via upper or lower outlets around the area.
Royal is a great daytime activity as are the markets, and at night, Frenchman, while technically outside the quarter, is the place to be. The food during the day is without compare.