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MARIGNY AND THE FRENCH MARKET

From Mary’s desk:

My partner Jim wanted to visit the French Market.  We walked through the old area of Marigny and found everything French, signs, a Frenchmen Hotel, a Paris fountain, a statue of Joan Of Arc, and Frenchmen Street,  which made Jim very happy.

The street scenes here are San Francisco,  Haight-Ashbury,  University Ave.,  Berkeley, 1960’s.  Street musicians, laid back, friendly people, artists, dogs to pet.  Shops with opium pipes and cigarette rollers;  a strong gay and lesbian population. Homey, ragtag eating places, tacos on the street, everybody has to make a living, man!  (I found a  another endangered species- a working telephone booth.)

The music never stops. Everywhere, people are having a good time. Everyone knows everyone’s business and they like it that way. One shop keeper told us that Marigny was just chosen the best neighborhood in the United States. He didn’t have much in the way of detail, who judged it, or what criterion.

This  graffitied building even had its windows painted over, but it was open for some kind of business. I opened the door and peeked and got a glimpse of a billiard table.

This clinched the Haight with this well used telephone pole.

The Spotted Cat piano player was hammering out tunes. The joint was small and cozy. At night, I’m guessing it is a very friendly place. I want to come back here.

A woman told me she lives next door to this “found junk” artist. Her comment, “You should see his yard!” I laughed because I would have loved to see his yard.

When we reached the French Market, music was in full swing. This costumed fellow jumped off the stage and played with the crowd. Oh, the costume, to die for.

As you might guess, characters abound here. And this gent decided you don’t have to wear your mask on your face.

Boiled peanuts were a new food to me. Though salty, they were quite good. We enjoyed Creole chicken with dirty rice and peas; and alligator sausage stew from a market booth.  Both choices were delicious, plentiful and cheap. We saw people waiting in line 20 deep to get into buy a muffaletto sandwich.

If you don’t have jazz musician friends, you can still have a jazz funeral.  A mime told me and I quote: “You only have to do three things. Die. In order to die you have to live. In order to live you have to take a good shit once in awhile.”   Street wisdom!

We wondered back to “The Quarter” , stopped for real brews at Crescent City Brewhouse and watched the kid shuck oysters. He told us he sometimes does this for 13 hours straight. He makes it look pretty easy, but you have to have the right tools because it isn’t easy.

Around Jackson square the proselytizers were in full sway. The gentleman above challenged passersby to a chess match for $5 a game. Fortune tellers, tarot dealers, face painters, portrait painters, street musicians, artists and tourists crowded the square.

We visited a jillion souvenir shops trying to find a frog hat for Jim. Alligators? Plenty.  But no frogs.

I took a lot of pictures. You can check them out with this link.

http://picasaweb.google.com/1579penn/FrenchMktNO2010#

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One day before Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Jim says: Yesterday Mary and I once again took the free ferry five-minute ride into downtown New Orleans. Then we rode the Riverfront streetcar to the end about 1.5 miles distant to the oldest neighborhood in the New Orleans City area. Here’s a Wikipedia link about that neighborhood…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faubourg_Marigny

We then wandered through the French Market Place where Mary bought some really large beads for only $5.00. We enjoyed a noontime meal there…where Mary had a BBQ chicken for $7.00 and I had Alligator Sausage Stew for only $5.00. Both were very tasty and much more enjoyable than our $35.00 lunch on Canal Street yesterday. We continued wandering along Decatur Street. By time we arrived at Canal Street, about two miles later, where the next parade would pass in about two hours…we decided we were too cold and all paraded out for today and went for the ferry and home instead. Here’s six photos I took along the way…

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If you want to see the other 75 photos I took, you will have to click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/20100215MardiGrasDay3LA2010#

Today is Fat Tuesday… the last day of Mardi Gras and we’re planning to be where the action is…Bourbon Street in the French Quarter! Don’t miss tomorrow’s Blog post!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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