Well preserved homes with colors that pop
The French Quarter is filled with beautiful examples of Creole Cottages, especially the quieter area closer to North Rampart and Esplanade. These 1.5 story homes, characterized by symmetrical facades, don't have hallways, with each room opening into the next, creating a two room by two room square.. If you don't see any houses that look like a good backdrop, walk along Dauphine Street until you see one you like. If you would also like a picture in front of one of the townhouses with the beautiful balconies, head to the corner of Royal and St. Peter. The occupants usually hang gorgeous flowers and plants from the red brick building.
Skyline and river views from a beautiful urban park
This beautifully designed, 1.4 mile urban park on the banks of the Mississippi connects the French Quarter to the Bywater. This converted wharf offers great views of the city and is gorgeously landscaped. Be sure not to miss the Rusty Rainbow at the Piety Street entrance and the bridge at the N. Peters Street entrance for some great photo ops.
Tracy Thrasher Spence
Studio Be Murals
Murals by BMike outside his studio
BMike's 35,000 square foot warehouse studio is filled with his incredible work, but his murals also creep out onto the walls outside his warehouse. His massive yellow work depicting a little girl, affectionately known as the Studio Be Girl, was more recently joined by a bright blue wall with a young boy around the other side of the warehouse. BMike, who is arguably the most famous muralist in the city, has allowed other local artists to use his wall space to hone their craft across the street from where Studio Be Girl gazes down on passers-by. His studio is open Wednesday through Saturday between 2:00 and 8:00, and really shouldn't be missed.
Rows of records, gifts and a diner bar
This large record shop has a little bit of everything, from vintage to new, vinyl to cassettes and CDs, and pretty much every genre imaginable. It can be pricey, but you might find a deal if you really look. They have shiny listening stations lining an entire wall that make for great listening and photos. They also have a selection of band t-shirts and other little gifts in addition to a picture perfect, old fashioned serving counter from the Woolworths where the first lunch counter sit-in in the city happened in 1960. This shop is full of endless gems and photo opportunities.
Fancy Creole spot that is as good as ever
This James Beard Award winning grand dame has perfected the art of hospitality over the last 125 years. Their haute Creole cuisine & whimsical spaces require a reservation and jacket to be served. But before you head inside you will want to take a few pictures of the gorgeous blue and white striped building. Run by the Brennans, one of New Orleans' great culinary families, it was here that the great Ella Brennan launched the careers of Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. While they are incredible for dinner, this Garden District institution invented jazz brunch and serve lunch accompanied by 25¢ martinis.
Jean Lafitte Historical Park
Boardwalk trails weaving through the swamp
This vast park and swampland, only half an hour from the city, feels like you are in a whole other world. Elevated wooden boardwalks winding through the swamp put the local flora, fauna, and wildlife on display. This is your chance to see some gators! Grab a map and check out the small exhibit at the out at the visitor center. From there, take the Visitor Center Trail, to the Palmetto Trail, to the Bayou Coquille Trail, to the Marsh Overlook Trail all the way to the end. It is an out and back, so you will be returning the same way you went in.