New Orleans French Quarter

On our first day of our Photography/Cultural Workshop with Zablotsky Photography (https://www.markzphotoworkshops.com), we explored the French Quarter. We would soon realize that we were going to sample New Orleans’ unique cuisine. The day started with a walk to maybe the best breakfast place anywhere, Mother’s Restaurant. It’s a busy place, where people stand in line to place their order. They give you a number on a metal stand to put on your table. A waitress quickly came by, taking our receipts that she gave to the kitchen while she got our drinks.

With a full stomach, we walked the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square and the Market. The iron works, porches, flower baskets, open air restaurants and the ever-present music make up the atmosphere. the street people sleeping in doorways and park benches are blended with tourists from all over the world.

The area was inhabited by Native Americans for 10,000 years. By the time Jean-Baptiste, who was born in Montreal, founded New Orleans in 1718, there were about 15,000 Indians inhabiting the area. The Natchez Indians were predominant in the area. If you follow the Natchez Trace north, there is an impressive Native American history. Today there are four recognized tribes: the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. The United Houma Nation is recognized as a tribe by the state of Louisiana. Standing before the Andrew Jackson statue, I was reminded of his role as president and the “Trail of Tears” so vividly told in the Museum of Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. For a long time the French Quarter was the city of New Orleans, named after Regent Duc d’Orleans.

After a little quiet time, we went to dinner at the excellent Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant on Iberville Street where I had a fabulous grilled Redfish, and their crawfish were outstanding.

Catfish for Chuck
We shared a bread pudding

On the walk back to the Wyndham Hotel, the streets were taking on a more lively atmosphere.

  2 comments for “New Orleans French Quarter

  1. Mark Zablotsky
    May 14, 2022 at 10:21 am

    What fun we had, my friend. Can’t wait until we hook up again!!! Places like New Orleans are such target rich environments with historic, cultural, musical and culinary significance. So, easy to have all enjoy photography, or just touring here. Sorry I couldn’t provide you with any really haunted spots. Maybe next time. And next time Martha might want to come!!!

    • May 14, 2022 at 3:30 pm

      It was a great week on all counts Mark! Thank you for finding all the best places, your expertise and friendship. I always learn a lot. I’m thinking Martha will come next time, especially since we were staying in a hotel, not to mention all that great food! 🙏

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