New Orleans is the most lively city I've visited in North America. The food and music certainly make the place unique, but the bars are what really do it. There are lots of bars in cities, but there's something special about Bourbon Street (and Frenchmen Street).
|The crowds move along Bourbon street.|
|A barmaid shows off a collection of beads.|
|My first drink of Absinthe. It tastes exactly like Pernod and at sixteen bucks a shot, an enormous disappointment.|
|Most of the drinks on the street consist of grain alcohol stirred into a Slurpee mix.|
You get a very interesting collection of people on Bourbon Street. There's your usual party crowds moving through the street. My first evening I ran into quite a few suits having an after work drink. As the night progresses, the after diner crowd comes out. Later the serious party people take over. The police clear the street at some point of the wee hours simply by hosing down the street with hoses blasting scented water.
|It's party time for this bride and her troop of maids.|
|An exuberant showgirl tosses beads to the crowd.|
|On Frenchmen Street, away from the tourist crowds, locals enjoy their own bands.|
|Entrance to one of the many cemeteries.|
|Fabulous workmanship on one of the crypts.|
|Beautiful grass lawns run between the ancient crypts.|
|A soldier stands sentry before a tomb.|
|One of a pair of cathedral-like structures near the edge of the cemetery.|
|A baptismal basin in a church near the French Quarter.|