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Still in the French Quarter: Upper Chartres Street looking towards New Orleans' Jackson Square!

 

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The Camellia Grill is a landmark diner in New Orleans.

 

One reviewer calls it "Waffle House on steroids" : - )))))

 

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The restaurant only offers counter service and its staff is usually gregarious.

 

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The little gem is noted for such casual cuisine as giant omelets, cheeseburgers, "freezes", and pecan pie heated on the grill.

 

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French Quarter: Upper Chartres Street looking towards NOLA's Jackson Square!

 

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On December 21st 1965, the "Vieux Carre Historic District" was designated a National Historic Landmark.

 

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To have a better idea where we are in NOLA and where we came from,

see the French Quarter map below:

 

(left from Canal Street with Decatur, moved into Chartres Street and then

walked all the way to # 23 on the map, Jackson Square)

 

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Once we read CABILDO on the top of the building, we knew that

we reached our first destination: JACKSON SQUARE!

 

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Designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, today Louisiana State Museum houses 2 interactive exhbits:

'Living with Hurricanes KATRINA & Beyond' and 'Mardi Gras It's Carnival Time in Louisiana'.

 

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Built under Spanish rule in 1795-1799, today,

the Cabildo Museum houses 3 floors of Louisiana history.

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Our first stop - Historic Jackson Square!

 

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Originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes," and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans

hero Andrew Jackson, it is a timeless attraction in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans.

 

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The Place d'Armes (or Plaza de Armas, as the Spanish called it) was used

as a public square, military parade ground and open-air market.

 

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In the center of the square stands one of three bronze statues of General Andrew Jackson, hero of New Orleans.

 

In 1815, after the Battle of New Orleans, the square was renamed "Jackson Square" in the general's honor.

 

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In the center of the square stands one of three bronze statues of General Andrew Jackson,

hero of New Orleans.

 

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Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and now into the 21st century,

the area surrounding Jackson Square has contained a mix of commercial and residential property.

 

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The lower floors of the apartment buildings are shops and restaurants,

while the second and third floors are residential apartments.

 

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And then there was a... LOVE STORY (sealed with a kiss... or two)!

 

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No, the photographer at this wedding was not our own CC member, the very talented "italianfemmy" : - ))

 

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The area surrounding Jackson Square contains a mix of commercial and residential property.

 

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For well over a half-century, an open-air/plein air artist colony has thrived at Jackson Square,

with artists painting, drawing and displaying their work on the outside of the iron fence.

 

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Under the shade of the oak trees, you can sit and have a pastel portrait (or a caricature)

done in about 1/2 hour. Some artists have been there for generations!

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JACKSON SQUARE -

 

This famous landmark facing the Mississippi River is surrounded by historic buildings,

including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums),

not to mention the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the U.S.!

 

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The Pontalba Apartments offer retail shops, museums, galleries and restaurants on the ground level;

their second and third floors still house a selection of prestigious apartments.

 

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On the northwest side, Chartres Street, stood a church (now Saint Louis Cathedral)

and the governor's mansion (the Cabildo).

 

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JACKSON SQUARE -

 

In the center of the square stands one of three bronze statues of General Andrew Jackson, hero of New Orleans.

 

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On the northwest side, Chartres Street, stood a church (now Saint Louis Cathedral)

and the governor's mansion (the Cabildo).

 

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Crossing over to the other side of the JACKSON SQUARE, towards Decatur Street and Moonwalk, closer to the Mississippi River:

 

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Adjacent to Jackson Square on the Mississippi River are the Shops at Jax Brewery,

the Washington Artillery Park river overlook, and the French Market complex.

 

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Thank you for your lovely pictures. It brings back many good memories.

 

Nancy

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Thank you for your lovely pictures. It brings back many good memories.

 

Nancy

 

Thank YOU for the positive feedback.

 

Indeed, posting those images brings back memories and... nostalgia...

 

 

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Adjacent to Jackson Square on the Mississippi River are the Washington Artillery Park river overlook,

and the French Market complex.

 

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And then VOILA! The sun came out briefly!

 

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The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market.

 

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The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,

so we shall be back SOON to enjoy the famous beignets!

 

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In 1986 a third Cafe Du Monde was opened in the Rouse Co.'s Riverwalk Marketplace.

 

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The Riverwalk is located on the Mississippi River next to the New Orleans Convention Center.

 

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Looking back towards Jackson Square, across the street from the Cafe Du Monde... It's raining again!...

 

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Sweet Pralines bubbling in an old copper pot.

 

The click-clack of a horse-drawn carriage on a cobblestone street.

 

Jazz drifting from an ancient doorway.

 

The rich taste of gumbo. The first bite of a hot, fresh beignet.

 

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The smell of sweet pralines still warm from the kitchen.

 

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These are the sights, sounds and flavors that make up New Orleans!

 

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This is what the founders of Aunt Sally's® Pralines wanted to share with the world!

 

 

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Did I say... food?!

 

Well, afterall, we were on our way to Happy Hour @ "Galvez," so eating (and drinking) will be the next stop @ Riverfront!

 

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Also, did I mention it was still raining? Hmmmm...

 

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Getting a bit nostalgic here... once again!

 

The bridge... the CONQUEST cruise ship... new passengers... another Caribbean adventure for some lucky people!

 

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Voila! The glorious CONQUEST!

 

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VIDEO (Carnival's Conquest leaving New Orleans on September 30th 2012):

 

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We were wondering along the streets of New Orleans on Sunday afternoon when my friends pointed out to me

something in the horizon... right before the rain was about to start again!

 

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And VOILA!

 

It was "our" cruise ship... Carnival's CONQUEST - leaving for another sailing to the Caribbean!

 

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It was a bitter-sweet moment...

 

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Au Revoir, mon petit bateau!

 

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New Orleans's Riverfront streetcar line runs close to the Mississippi River alongside the tracks of the New Orleans

Public Belt Railroad, from the French Quarter station at the foot of Esplanade Avenue to the John Churchill Chase station

at the New Orleans Convention Center, a distance of about 1.5 miles.

 

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We caught a glimpse at it @ the Dumaine Street, one of the nine (9) low-platform stations in New Orleans!

 

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An end-to-end trip takes twelve (12) minutes.

 

The downriver half of the line (Canal Street to French Market) is also used by the Canal Street - City Park line,

which provides a single-seat ride from French Market to Canal Street.

 

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VIDEO (Riverfront streetcar & Carnival's Conquest leaving New Orleans):

 

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Crossing over to "Galvez" for Happy Hour (with a view)!

 

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So from # 23 on the map, Jackson Square, we walked to N. Peters by

the # 3 French Market and... Voila!

 

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We reached the GALVEZ Restaurant in time to take advantage of the Happy Hour,

as recommended by our lovely Concierge!

 

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At Galvez Restaurant, the staff seem proud of the role Spanish cuisine played in

making New Orleans a globally recognized destination for foodies.

 

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As advertised, GALVEZ Restaurant -

 

Continental Cuisine and Tapas with a New Orleans History: The Best View in New Orleans!

 

The history of New Orleans cuisine began with the discovery of Louisiana by Spanish Explorers.

 

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We all took the elegant elevator up to enjoy the view of Mississippi River!

 

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Priceless!

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…and we think Bernardo de Galvez would have loved this place!

 

And the magnificent view of the Mississippi River on one side, the French Quarter on the other side!!

 

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It's raining (again) in New Orleans...

 

So what better to do than chatting with FRIENDS over drinks (and tapas)

@ Galvez, overlooking the Mississippi River?

 

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In April 2011, we were cruising to Galicia on the RCI... then in September 2012,

we were drinking the "Estrella Galicia" in NOLA!

 

What a small World!

 

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Tapas with a New Orleans History! SALUD!

 

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(tapas pictured here - $4.00 USD "Albondigas" )

Galvez -among New Orleans French Quarter's Riverfront finest dining facility featuring

continental Spanish, French, and Creole cuisine

and an outstanding array of mouth-watering Tapas.

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One more drink, some more tapas and... time to hit the road!

 

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Ceviche de Camarones -

Gulf Shrimp marinated with Fresh Tomatoes, Red Onions,

Cilantro,and Fresh Citrus Juices. Served with Fried Plantain Chips

 

Almejas o Mejillones a la Marinera -

Fresh Clams or Mussels in a Roasted Tomato, Chorizo

and White Wine Sauce – Tell your server if you want it SPICY!

 

Caldo Gallego -

Traditional Spanish soup with Chorizo, Pork,

Potatoes, White Beans and Broccoli Rapini

 

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In essence, Galvez is the perfect choice for a romantic dinner for two,

a relaxing afternoon break or sharing a table full of tapas, family-style.

 

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Manchego Bombas -

A Traditional Spanish dish of Potato Croquettes Stuffed with

Manchego Cheese, Deep Fried and served with Quince Sauce

 

Garlic Chicken -

Tender pieces of Garlic marinated Chicken sautéed with White Rioja and Paprika

 

Vieux Carré Catch of the Day -

Pan Seared Fish with Grit Cake, topped with Jumbo Lump Crab Cake,

Shrimp and Classic Crawfish Cream Sauce

 

Mar y Tierra -

Filet Mignon ladled with Red Wine Demi-Glace atop a bed of Manchego Bombas

with Fresh Asparagus & Grilled Gulf Shrimp

 

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The rain stopped, so time to go out and explore New Orleans some more!

 

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QUESTIONs for our readers:

 

 

1). What do YOU think about "the view" @ Galvez Restaurant in NOLA?

 

 

 

2). Do you have a story that you would like to share regarding this New Orleans establishment?

 

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QUESTION for our readers:

 

1). What do YOU think about "the view" @ Galvez Restaurant in NOLA?

 

 

Let's break the ice! Our family is yet to reach NOLA, so we have no previous experience at this place :(

 

However, based on what has been presented here, this poster says it all:

 

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And we love our tapas and Sangria and this New Orleans gem offer them plenty!

 

Even better if they come with a magnificent view of the Mississippi River on one side and the French Quarter on the other side!

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