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There is no better way to see America than on foot And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing Every tour also includes a uick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streetsThe French uarter spreads up from the Mississippi River across some 70 blocks This is where the original French Colonial settlement of Nouvelle Orleans was laid out in simple suares in1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville Bienville served as governor for financier John Law’s Company of the Indies which in naming the city for the Regent Duc d’Orleans sought to curry Court favor before failing spectacularly in the “Great Mississippi Bubble” The French Period legacy endures in the town plan and central suare church of St Louis Ursuline Convent and women’s education ancien regime street names such as Bourbon and Royal the charity hospital and a mixed legacy of Creole culture Mardi Gras and the important effects of African enslavement combined with a tolerant approach to free persons of colorIn 1762 the indifferent Louis XV transferred Louisiana to his Bourbon cousin Charles III of Spain Emboldened by a period of Spanish vacillation in taking power Francophile colonists staged a revolution in 1768 summarily suelched by Alejandro O’Reilly with a firing suad at the Esplanade fort Spanish rule lasted for four decades imparting a legacy of semi fortified streetscapes commonwall plastered brick houses and walled courtyards used as gardens and utility spaces with separate servants’ uarters and kitchens Olive oil cooking and graceful wrought iron balconies hinges and locks in curvilinear shapes and strong vestiges of civil law remain from the Spanish presenceTypical of the eccentricities of the Vieux Carre or “old suare” is the fact that its much admired iron embroidered architecture is not French but Spanish Disastrous fires one after another in 1788 and 1794 destroyed all but a handful of the original French buildingsStreet names have floated back and forth between French and Spanish and the gold and blue signs on the corner buildigns indicate the street names that were recognized under earlier regimes Sited on the highest ground in the area the French uarter sustained little damage from the flooding of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane KatrinaOur walking tour will begin in Jackson Suare a few yards from the Mississippi River and in what some have called the architectural center of America

10 thoughts on “A Walking Tour of New Orleans The French uarter

  1. says:

    Not great Vastly prefer Walking New Orleans which gives you 30 tours rather than this guide's trick of pricing each tour separately Paltry information about most of the sites and not proof read for Kindle some of the instructions about where to turn and what was next were inaccurateNote 5 stars amazing wonderful 4 very good book 3 decent read 2 disappointing 1 awful just awful I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s

  2. says:

    I'm reading a lot on New Orleans at the moment and found this book very interesting and useful it truly conveyed the feeling of walking the French uarter and offered a lot of pictures of important buildings all of which was most useful to me

  3. says:

    Boring Not sure if there is not much history in that area or the book is telling it in a very dry I intertwining manner Map of the tour would have helped greatly was well