The Big Easy, New Orleans

There are not enough superlatives to describe the city of New Orleans and I took way too many pictures. I could not possibly do justice to them all in only one post (it would be way too long anyway), so I will be writing several posts with different themes like food, fashion, entertainment, weddings and photo blogs in the French Quarter.

Waterfront

Waterfront

Waterfront at night

Waterfront at night

The Big Easy straddles the Mississippi River. There are many bridges across rivers, bayous, and lakes. The Huey P. Long bridge, opened in 1935 is long, high,  narrow built for model T’s and currently under repairs. Not for the faint of heart, especially if your towing a 35 foot fifth wheel. We did it, never again! We will take hours long detours to avoid it.

Picture from the ferry

Picture from the ferry

Barge

River barge

The Lake Pontchartraine  Causeway, 23.83 miles (38.53 km) is listed as the world’s longest continuous bridge, the last span being completed in 1969. A good wide bridge with pull over sections for emergencies.

Ferry deck

Crossing the Mississippi to the French Quarter, the ferry deck

In dry dock

In dry dock

Dry dock at night

Same view at night

We camped on the south side of the river and for us the easiest way to get into the heart of the French Quarter was a short ferry ride. Could have taken the truck on the ferry but parking in the city is expensive and spaces are too tight for our big truck so we parked on the south side (cost $10 for parking, ferry free) and walked onto the ferry. A short ten minute ferry ride took us right downtown.

Lifeboats

Lifeboats on a passing liner

Cruise ship bow

Cruise ship bow

This is a busy port. Cruise ships embark from here, tugs push loaded barges up and down the river, ocean going freighters unload at the docks and paddle wheelers give tourists a taste of a bygone era.

Paddle boat

Paddle boat

Paddle on a night cruise

Night cruise

Creole Queen at night

Nighttime Queen

Smoke stack

Creole’s smoke stack

The waterfront has much to offer, a large shopping mall, restaurants, outdoor entertainment and public squares for the many festivals held nearly every weekend. A streetcar line takes you to many destinations in the city.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Face painting- more about that in the next post

Face painting- more about that in the next post

Sign post

Waterfront sign post

Streetcar

Streetcar

But Bourbon Street and the French Quarter is the place to be on any weekend-or night. It’s where it’s at. Watch for my next post.

The heart of sin city

The heart of sin city

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