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A few weeks ago, I visited New Orleans for my best friend Alicia’s bachelorette party. We planned to stay in the French Quarter, drink gallons of sugary cocktails on Bourbon Street, and attend Jazzfest. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans! Jazzfest was rained out, and it rained most of the time we were in New Orleans. As an Angeleno, I’m not used to rain! The thunderstorms were really freaking me out. But we made the best of it, and I got these cool shots of the French Quarter in New Orleans in the rain.

French Quarter New Orleans

About the French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and the French quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city. The French Quarter is about 78 square blocks, situated along the Mississippi River between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue, inland to North Rampart Street. Many of the buildings were built in the Spanish style in the mid-1800’s following a major fire that destroyed most of the original French architecture. Most of the buildings are made of stucco with cast iron balconies. The streets are flagstone and cobblestone, so be very careful if you decide to wear heels!

French Quarter New Orleans
Moon Walk along the Mississippi River

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French Quarter New Orleans
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in the US

French Quarter New Orleans

Jackson Square in the French Quarter, New Orleans
Jackson Square in the French Quarter, New Orleans


Jackson Square

Jackson Square is a park in the French Quarter in front of the St. Louis Cathedral near the Mississippi River, separated from the river a levy and the “Moon Walk.” Before Jackson Square was a park, it was actually a military parade ground and execution site. I didn’t know this when I was visiting, but apparently after the Slave Insurrection of 1811, some insurgents’ severed heads were displayed here. Horrifying. Now the area is known for attracting local artists, fortune tellers and mimes (which are a different kind of horrifying).

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25 Responses

  1. amazing! New Orleans is on my bucket list! planing to go there very soon 🙂

  2. Wooow love the architecture. It just looks so cute!

    Love, Kerstin

  3. yess! thanks for this! I’m visiting LA in October so I will be watching for your next post 😀

  4. This looks like a beautiful place. Such a shame about the weather, but it sounds like you had a great time anyway. I didn’t realise there was so much history in New Orleans. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  5. I was actually going to visit New Orleans this year so this was really interesting to read. Even though I’m visiting somewhere else instead I still love knowing a little more about the place incase I do ever get to go.

  6. Konstantina


  7. WOW, this looks so pretty! 🙂 Hope you enjoy your trip! 🙂 x
    Helena – Swedish girl in Tokyo

  8. Beautiful place, especially the French Quarter looks awesome!


  9. New Orleans is a beautiful place. Your stay might be more worth it if the weather is sunny. Great pictures! <3

    SHAIRA // Beach bum

  10. Obsessed with all of these pictures! The French Quarter is such a beautiful place.

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

  11. What a beautiful place to visit! You have such talented photography skills! Something that I’m still working on =P.. Also I’m sorry it rained.. If anyways knows about being rained on it’s me.. I live in Vancouver aka ‘Raincouver’

    xoxo Rina

  12. It looks like such a cool place. I love your photos Gemma x

  13. If this reminds me of Disneyland, then that means Disney did a good job recreating New Orleans, right? haha. I do have one song on Soundcloud, you can search me under Samantha Mariko!

  14. Such a cute place and I adore your photos!! x


  15. Such cute place and I adore your photos!! xx


  16. What a stunning place! I’d love to visit New Orleans one day <3

  17. Laura Scott

    Love the back story. I had no idea about the deep history!

  18. Such a shame it was rained out, looked like fun though x


  19. I’ve always wanted to visit Nola, and these pictures are reminding me why! The balconies and ambiance seem so inviting and interesting, thanks for sharing!

    Chow Down USA

  20. Stunning pictures! I never visited, but it’s on my travel list!


  21. Beautiful pictures and city! Would totally love to visit it!


  22. Though I have passed through New Orleans, I have never really explored. Looks awesome!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  23. I would love to visit New Orleans one day!


  24. This looks amazing, definitely somewhere I would love to visit! Would love to follow each other and keep in touch, let me know if you want to! x

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