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A historic park in New Orleans which is famously known as the French Quarter of the city.
Jaunty Jaunt in Jackson Square
Located on the two sides of Jackson Square, Pontalba Buildings are the red-brick four-story buildings built in the late 1840s by the Baroness Micaela Almonester Pontalba, an accomplished businesswoman who invested in real estate. Declared as the National Historic Landmark in 1974, Pontalba Buildings are known for their early and distinctive Parisian row-house design. In the present time, the buildings house shops and restaurants on the ground floors, whereas the apartments which used to be the row houses are on the upper floors, otherwise known as the oldest continuously-rented buildings in the United States. Restaurants that you can visit during your trip in Pontalba buildings are Chef Scott Bosswell's and Stanley! on the lower grounds. On the upper grounds, you can find Cafe Pontalba, The Corner Oyster House, and PJs Coffee Shop, serving a variety kind of dish and beverage that you can enjoy in the middle afternoon.
Recognized as the oldest working Catholic cathedral in America, St. Louis Cathedral which otherwise is known as The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis (King of France) has been the center of New Orlean's Catholic life since 1727. Despite the absence of tourist guide as it is not allowed, you still can explore the Cathedral by looking at the tour pamphlets which is sold for $ 1 in the vestibule gift shop and docents lead tours on an irregular schedule. The mass' cathedral is opened for visitors as long as they arrive before the ceremony starts at 12:05 pm on weekdays, 5 pm on Saturday, and 11 am on Sunday. Many concerts are held especially in December for both religious and secular music. If you are interested to hold a wedding, you can find information on the Archdiocese of New Orleans' guidelines, whereas the full schedule of Cathedral events are announced regularly on the Cathedral's official website.
After visiting the Cathedral, you may also visit its neigbor to the right, the Presbytere, a building constructed for a priest's residence. However, in the recent years, the Presbytere is used for a variety of church, courthouse, and state functions that housed two long-standing exhibits. The exhibits are divided on the ground floor which focused on Hurricane Katrina along with the artifacts, media, and interviews related to the disaster. On the left side, a sign paying tribute to the US Coast Guard can be seen, whereas on the right side is a small boat of the various kinds possessed by the casual and professional fishermen which were used in immediate rescue efforts before the country's troops were deployed to save hundreds of lives affected by the disaster. On the other hand, the visitors are able to take a look at the past and present of Carnival, the annual season of celebration that culminates in Mardi Gras on the upstairs of the building, giving the contrast vibe compared to the previous floor.
Located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Café du Monde which literal meaning is Café of the World or The People's Café has been famous as the landmark and tourist destination for a long time. The open-air cafe's notable menu is beignet, a square piece of dough brought by the Acadians which is covered by powdered sugar, sometimes served with fruit, jam, maple syrup, or other savory items in orders of three. The café also includes beverages such as dark-roasted coffee with chicory (the root of endive (lettuce) plant that gives chocolate-like flavor), white and chocolate milk, hot chocolate, and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance fee charged so the visitors are able to roam in freedom to the places around Jackson Square. It is a public space, after all.
How To Get Around?
The visitors can explore Jackson Square by walking, as well as the people who have walking impairment and use wheelchair because there is a lane specified for the handicap to use.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as shirt, cardigan, and pants along with sneakers or sandals because what the visitors mostly do is walking to the places around Jackson Square . Don't forget to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses and sun hat as the weather may become too hot in the afternoon.
Best Time to Visit
It is best to visit Jackson Square in the afternoon to the evening during the summer and autumn because the weather is not too hot and comfortable enough to walk around the place.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, there is no need for a guide as you are able to explore Jackson Square and the surrounding area by yourself.
How To Get There?
You can reach Jackson Square by bus no 16 and 55 from Reily Student Recreation Center and Ascension Hospital of New Orleans, bus no 91 from Isaac Delgado Hall, and bus no 45 and 91 from Synergy Behavioral Health Center of New Orleans. You also can ride train no 12 from Loyola University.