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.
The old U.S. customs building at the corner of Decatur and Canal, was designed with a unique colonnade on all four sides. The columns step away from the traditional classics and are more reminiscent of Egyptian with each capital designed to resemble papyrus leaves.
We found this great St. Michael statue hidden in the side alley of the St. Patrick’s Church. The Statue is a different take on the classic archangel’s image. Inscribed at the base of the statue is “QVIS VT DEVS” this is the latin translation of Michael .
The main lane of the Chalmette National Cemetery is caped by the Memorial of the Grand Army of the Republic. This is one of a very few memorials of this kind in the south, since it is commemorating the sacrifice of the Union troops during the Civil War.
We want to thank our service man and women active and non-active, past and present. Their sacrifice has been the reason we can live our lives so free.
In the 1800’s before the building at 417 Royal in the French Quarter was a famous restaurant, it was home to the Bank of Louisiana. The building was built around 1790 as a private residence and a bank. The unique iron railings adorning the building still show the Banque de la Louisiane’s decorative scrolled initials. This building and its details are one of the many treasures that date to NOLA’s colonial period.
Often when we stroll through the French Quarter we see many buildings that are so full of history. But at the corner of Chartres and Conti, the Historic New Orleans collection took the time to renovate this once grand home. This shot of the carriage doors so brightly painted, gives us chance to think how would New Orleans have looked when many buildings were so new.
May 7, 1718 was the date the city was first founded. Our beloved city has seen disasters and near total devastation, but after 297 years NOLA has recovered time and time again. Our history still runs deep in the heart of the city. Iberville and Bienville established the new French city at the first point of high ground up from the mouth of the Mississippi River. The name Nouvelle Orleans was given to the city in honor Duc du Orleans, a French name as opposed to an Native American derived name was chosen in hopes of drawing more French settlers to the New World. To this day our French hearts beat to a different drum than the rest of the United States, our heritage and origins set us apart and makes us uniquely New Orleans.
A locally brewed historic beer, Jax beer has become a legend in NOLA. The Classic beer was brewed in the French Quarter in the building we now know as Jax Brewey. After nearly 100 years of local brewing the Jax beer company left the city but the historic brewery remains
New Orleans was founded on the swamps along the banks of the Mississippi River, this poses a problem for early builders. So its no wonder in the early 1800’s protesters expressed their concerns that the proposed building at the corner of Royal and St. Peter wouldn’t stand. Built in 1811 the Le Monnier Mansion was built and amidst further protests a fourth floor was added in 1876 creating NOLA’s First Sky Scraper. The building has survived the test of time and proved the many protestors wrong.