The view from our breakfast table.^We spent the morning and into the afternoon doing touristy things in the French Quarter, and coping with the heat and humidity. Thankfully, many shops had air conditioning to cool us down from being on the street.
St. Louis Cathedral, one of the oldest in the US.
This street vendor was selling Santas painted on cypress tree knees. We bought one.
We checked out what was for sale in the French Market.
I enjoyed the architecture in the Quarter.
I saw these men unloading this used lumber and thought there might be a story here. Yep. The wood is from an old church being demolished and is at least 150 years old.
It will be used to make interesting and beautiful furniture in this shop/studio.
There were many other examples of art and folk art and good stuff and cheap tourist stuff, but most of it was fun, like these bottle cap creations.
I love the old French style buildings with the plant bedraped wrought iron balconies.
Formerly a judge's house in the early 1800', this lovely home is now a hotel.
It is famous for its cast iron "corn fence".
About now I sort of felt like this cat, laying flat out on the curb.
Street musicians lift your spirits and your sagging energy.
We lasted until 2:00, and then we were hotel bound, to rest up and freshen up for the evenings event. A few days ago DJan had mentioned in a comment that there were so few people around. It was true, until the weekend in New Orleans! Even the locals complained about the heat. For most of the places we visited before arriving in New Orleans, there were few tourists around. It is not the season.
Saturday evening my nephew Brent and his bride Elspeth were married at the Botanical Garden in City Park. Here are my lovely nieces Janelle and Laura, sisters of the groom, and part of the "groom's people".Here are the bride's people.
Here comes the bride on the arm of her brother.
The duck, whose pond we were using as a background, stuck around for the ceremony too.
The flower girl was reluctant to come down the aisle, but then continued to spread petals throughout the service, refilling her basket from the petals strewn along the aisle.
Presenting Brent and Elspeth, husband and wife.
The bride was beautiful! The flowers were beautiful!
The cake was NOLA style (New Orleans, LA), perhaps even Cajun. Elspeth comes from Cajun country.
The reception was fun, with great Cajun food.