Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 7, 2013

Wandering Royal Street

Just one street over from the notorious Bourbon Street, New Orleans’ Royal Street is the polar opposite.

Instead of neon, sex and endless tourists staggering around with oversized drinks, Royal is a more elegant stretch, with the iron balconies festooned with flowers and beads, and street level dedicated to art and antiques.

New Orleans - Royal St collage

Stores are filled with elegant antiques, many are in French style or French-sourced, in keeping with the French heritage of the city. Vintage clothing shops are interspersed among the galleries – another layer of the past, especially items from the 1920s and 1930s.

Art galleries showcase all range of styles from the bold contemporary of well-known George Rodrigue to up and coming artists hoping to be discovered with their humourous offerings.

its a street where its easy to cycle and a welcome repose from the party party party atmosphere that dominates the French Quarter, a place where history is favoured yet the unusual spirit of New Orleans is easily found.

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