We want to start this post by thanking everyone who has visited our site and enjoyed our posts.
We’re sorry we have been absent for a couple of weeks, our lives have taken us on a grand adventure. We originally started this site as a way to encapsulate all that we love about our native city within a year, because as we grew the city around us changed and little bits of its culture has been pushed by the way side. Progress is a wonderful thing but it should never sacrifice your identity.
Our hopes are to return to the site and continue our posts, but in the meantime we will keep everyone up to date on our new adventures so check back often to see our progress.
Saint-Philippe is one of the three patron saints of the royal family also giving his name sake to one of the children of the king. At the time NOLA’s streets were laid Rue de Clermont ran within the French Quarter, but was later renamed St. Philip which it remains to this day.
Nola is a city filled with a type of beauty that has been brought on by age, from the Architecture to the food. But for us its not always just the notable things that hold the character of the city, it can be found in some of the most ordinary places. This photo of a traditional french quarter door seems to capture the charms that have been brought on by years of exposure to New Orleans.
Stretching from downtown to the river near Audubon park, Magazine St. is a main artery through historic uptown. The street is filled with a lively mix of retail and and historic homes. The name is believed to date to the time the Spanish ruled New Orleans. “Magazine” meaning warehouse, with its proximity to the Port of New Orleans in its easy to picture the street filled with warehouses of goods ready to be exported.
In NOLA Mardi Gras is a time for frivolity, a time to indulge and take in the festivities. Some revelers enjoy masquerading at parades and while strolling the French Quarter during the season. This stand in the historic French Market is a pop of color, each mask with a personality of its own. Which would you choose?
New Orleans has known it’s share of great philanthropist, but one in particular has given us a legacy to shape our city’s future. John McDonough donated his entire fortune to create public schools for children, this helped build the majority of our school system. Originally there were over 30 McDonough schools in NOLA, and now after Hurricane Katrina only 7 remain. This statue sitting in Lafayette Square was erected over 115 years ago, in honor of McDonough great contributions.
The Gumbo Shop in the French Quarter specializes in all things creole cuisine, but as their name suggest Gumbo is the trademark dish. And honestly what better way to warm your bones on a chilly day then a savory bowl of hot gumbo.
This gargantuan spider sits in New Orleans City Park’s sculpture garden.The 10 foot tall sculpture is made of bronze, each leg stretching and bending as if in motion all connected to its twisted body. The artist, Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911 and moved to the US shortly before WWII. She designed “the spider” during her mid-eighties and passed away at the age of 98 in 2010. We want to share the spooky side of NOLA with you as the days creep closer to Halloween.
As Halloween approaches it’s time for the creepy, the spooky and all things eerie. Like something right out of a Tim Burton movie, this bronze horse sculpture sits in the sculpture garden within New Orleans City Park, awaiting its rider. The sculpture is made up of various sized bent branches and limbs forming a skeletal horse, designed by artist Deborah Butterfield.
Rue Royal is one of the original 1721 arteries that run through the French Quarter. The street is lined with shops ranging from Old World Antiques to Souvenirs to bring home. Situated directly at the rear of St. Louis Cathedral and parallel to Bourbon St., it offers a much calmer walk through the Vieux Carré. Next time you are in the French Quarter, do take the time to stroll down Royal St. and enjoy the quieter side of French Quarter life.