To many, New Orleans has been known for its various concoctions of spirits and the occasional potion. What may be less known is NOLA’s rich history in Apothecary. New Orleans’s pharmacy history officially began in the 1800s, during a time of great epidemics from Malaria to Yellow Fever. In 1804 Louisiana’s Governor Claiborne passed a law requiring all practicing “Pharmacists” to become licensed. The first to accomplish this and practice in New Orleans was Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr. Evident in the unique sign that hangs outside his historic French Quarter shop, Dufilho was one of the many French-born shop owners aiding the city’s growth and protection during these epidemics. His shop, turned museum, is now home to a collection of antique and bizarre items from the world of medicine and pharmacy.
Weaving through magnificent oaks and alongside the bayou are a set of small metal tracks. These unassuming tracks belong to New Orleans City Park’s beloved historic miniature train. Picnicking in the park, you can hear the train’s high pitched whistle from a distance or you may even be lucky enough to catch its brightly colored engine and cars full of happy passengers chugging along on a relaxing afternoon.
On sun drenched days in NOLA, a walk through the streets of the french quarter can bring a light to our unique style and architecture. Our city is filled with European characteristics and design but covered in the bright pastel colors of a Caribbean port town, showcasing the gumbo of cultures that we are.
People have been eating oysters as long as they have lived near water. There are many ways to prepare an oyster from fried, raw, chargrilled or in a dressing. If you are hesitant to try them, I suggest you begin with the novice chargrilled. This method incorporates the oyster’s half shell, covered in butter, parmesan, and parsley, grilled over an open flame until the the edges are charred. A dozen served piping hot, with french bread, goes quickly at restaurant tables throughout NOLA.
With summer comes the daily afternoon rain showers, leaving NOLA covered in puddles and overfilled canals. Most locals have become accustomed to this summer occurrence, but none more than the local ducks, who seem to be out and about most when the city turns soggy. We caught this Mallard couple enjoying the flooded banks along the little bayou in City Park.
Situated directly in front of the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral lies a well manicured and much loved green space, known as Jackson Square. A former military parade ground, turned pedestrian friendly park, was originally established in 1721. The Baroness Pontalba, decided to transform the square in 1852 to what we see today. The park’s design lends its roots to the famous Place des Voges in Paris, France which adds to the French in the French Quarter. This shot and square has become an icon, a symbol of New Orleans, and the heart of the French Quarter.
A reminder of New Orleans’ history of resilience and regrowth, Madame John’s Legacy was built in 1789, During the city’s recovery from the Great Fire that occurred the previous year. While it seems to stand out in today’s French Quarter, step back to the 1700s and you would find this home fit with the rest. A perfect example of late 18th century French Colonial architecture, the home is a National Historic Landmark.
Recently, there has been a campaign to save the 226 year old home from decades of decay. We find that this is an unpretentious and invaluable piece of NOLA history and encourage you to pay a visit to the home and small museum inside.
Opened in 1956, Storyland located in New Orleans City Park has allowed generation after generation of children to step into a world of fables and fairy tales. Here you become part of the adventure with Pinocchio, swallowed up by the larger than life whale. Quickly you can jump from story to story or create your own by bringing a piece from your favorites into one. Anyone, big or small, can enjoy a journey through Storyland, we wanted to share this shot as a quick glimpse into a magical world.
St. John the Baptist church, also known as the golden steeple church, was built in 1867. The parish held its first mass on Christmas Day 1871. The church stands right beside the busy elevated Ponchatrain Expressway in downtown New Orleans. It is a bold and historic church that stands out from the surrounding more modern structures and is often used as a driving landmark by locals.
When the weather in NOLA starts to get hot and humid and summer is fully upon us, a go to tradition for many New Orleanians is the snoball. A simple sweet treat of finely shaved ice fully covered in a flavored syrup of your choice. If you’ve never had one before or you haven’t had one this year what better way to celebrate the Summer Solstice and the start of summer than with a snoball from your favorite stand.