The streetcars were easy to ride. For a $3 day pass you have unlimited rides. We walked a few blocks to the street car through the Garden District. New Orleans has a diversity of architectural styles but the classic old neighborhoods have some restrictions on what they can do to their homes. The goal is to keep it historically consistent. The hostess at the BnB said that you can't take out trees without permission from the city and that you must select from an palette of colors approved by the historical commission.
They were nice colors. The tree roots tend to look like this after a while.
Below are some of the architectural features of the area.
These smaller houses above are not typical of the neighborhood.
The pink one sort of reflects what a shotgun house is like only the shotgun would have gone further back on the lot in a long narrow pattern. The story is you could open both doors and shoot through the house. There was no hall, just a series of attached halls.
We were hoping to find some jazz. We did - in the National Preservation Jazz Park. Who knew? This is the Navy "Full Stream" Jazz Band. They gave a 45 minute performance at a small hall near the French Market. We felt lucky to have found them. We were satisfied and later glad to find that we didn't have to stay out late (lots of drunks of the streets later in the day) to get our jazz fix. They will be playing in parades during Mardi Gras.
This ceramic panel reflects the history of the French Market - the oldest outdoor market in USA. Today it is full of food vendors. (Crab cakes, Gator burgers, Muffaletta.....) and vendors of odds and ends. Think everything from sheets to belts to sunglasses - and lots of Mardi Gras beads.
We were there the week before Mardi Gras and enjoyed seeing the preparations. The hostess at the BnB rode in a parade the day we arrived. She had some fun stories to tell. The float she was on had a portapottie on the float and it had a flat tire. The parade planners have a plan for a flat tire. No one gets off the float and a swarm of guys comes to fix it and the float is on it's way. The common phrase for people watching the floats is "Mister, throw me some beads" The beads find their way into many things, there is art work done with beads and the place we stayed had a well draped fence. Many of the beads get recycled. I was kind of glad to hear that. There are a lot of beads.
On the way back to Lafayette we stopped at a plantation for a tour. This is Houmas House. We enjoyed the tour and would check out other plantations in the future. There is a nearby one that focuses their tour on the life of slaves and is said to be the Senegalese source for the stories that became the Br'er Rabbit Stories.
These trees are loveable without that benefit. They are covered in resurrection fern and their longer limbs arch down to the ground.
So, would I go again. I'd find out more about good music venues before I went and I'd take another plantation tour (though I will admit that they are not kid friendly). I might ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River and I would check out the fairly new are apparently impressive World War II Museum and maybe the Aquarium of the Americas. It would be easy to find good food and the people are friendly. One local stopped as he drove by us walking and wanted to make sure we felt comfortable walking around his neighborhood. The first night we chatted with a lady whose father had worked on the Everett Herald. I guess we should try again on our next trip to see those cute kids that live not too far away.