Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Orleans: Southern Belle

Tired of the long cold winter? Many people are fleeing to the south. Some days ago I followed them and visited New Orleans. I was greeted by plenty of sunshine and almost summery temperatures (78 F, 26 C).

The Big Easy is the nickname of the city, and it is a real beauty, a southern belle. It`s a city full of light with a beautiful architecture and good food. The center reminds me a bit of Venice. Just like the aged Italian city, the streets and places are dominated by tourists, and you will see a lot of them. The inhabitants there are a minority, mostly working in restaurants and hotels.

There is plenty to see, with a lot of motivation for photographers. The center of New Orleans looks like a big outdoor museum.  The place is famous for her antebellum architecture, houses constructed in the pre-civil war aera.

Wikipedia writes, "New Orleans is world famous for its plethora of unique architectural styles, from Creole cottages to the grand mansions on St. Charles, from the balconies of the French Quarter to an Egyptian Revival Customs House and a rare example of a Moorish revival church. The city boasts fine examples of almost every architectural style, from the Baroque Cabildo to the modernist skyscrapers of the Central Business District". 

Anyway. There are many old houses to see in the (like Anne Rice describes, the author of "Interview With The Vampire" and "The Witching Hour") built in the "Greek revival style" which was popular in many colonial areas. Very funny also are the almost prehistoric streetcars. There is no subway.

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