Christmas Caribbean Cruise…….Canal St, New Orleans.

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After exploring the water front I started to explore Canal St.

Canal Street is a major thoroughfare in the city of New Orleans. Forming the upriver boundary of the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter (Vieux Carré), it acted as the dividing line between the older French/Spanish Colonial-era city and the newer American Sector, today’s Central Business District.

Canal Street, looking away from the river, 1920s

English: Canal Street in New Orleans in Decemb...

English: Canal Street in New Orleans in December of 2005. View from center of neutral ground, near Chartres Street, looking towards the river end of street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Canal Street, looking toward the river, December 2005 (post-Katrina). Though downtown largely escaped the catastrophic destruction that occurred elsewhere, for months after Katrina it, like much of the city, was a veritable ghost town.

Canal Street and S. Rampart

Up until the early 1800s, it was the French and Spanish who lived in the French Quarter. When the Louisiana Purchase was made, a large influx of new cultures began finding their way into the city via the Mississippi River. A number of Americans from Kentucky and other Midwestern states moved to the city and settled uptown.[1] Along the division between these two cultures, a canal was planned to be constructed. The canal was never built and the street that took its place was named in its honor.[2] Furthermore, the median of the street became known as the neutral ground acknowledging the cultural divide. To this day, all medians of streets in New Orleans are referred to as such.[1]

One end of Canal Street terminates at the Mississippi River. Often called “The foot of Canal Street”, at the riverfront the Canal Street Ferry offers a connection to the Algiers Point neighborhood, an older, 18th century portion of the larger Algiers area across the river. Canal Street’s other terminus is in Mid-City at a collection of cemeteries. Slightly offset from Canal Street’s Mid-City end is the beginning of Canal Boulevard, which extends to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain via the Lakeview neighborhood.[3]

The street has three lanes of traffic in both directions, with a pair of streetcar tracks in the center. Canal Street’s downtown segment serves as the hub of the city’s mass transit system, with numerous streetcar and bus line terminals.

Canal Street is often said to be the widest roadway in America to have been classified as a street, instead of the avenue or boulevard titles more typically appended to wide urban thoroughfares.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_Street,_New_Orleans

You can find everything on Canal St, from theatres, to souvenir stores, restaurants, shopping and high end hotels.  Yes, lovely High End hotels unlike the simple hotel I was staying at.  And there were these amazing Christmas Decorations.

Here are some of the pictures I took on Canal St.

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4 Responses to “Christmas Caribbean Cruise…….Canal St, New Orleans.”

  1. terry1954 Says:

    fascinating photos and great information. Thanks for sharing with me Ivonne!!!

    • sex, spirit, soul mates and chocolate Says:

      New Orleans is definitely a city with lots of history and camera friendly.

  2. ramblingsfromamum Says:

    I wanna play pool in that room 🙂 xx

    • Sex, Spirit, Soul Mates and Chocolate....Ivonne's Journey Says:

      OMG—-the hotel lobbies I went into were just amazing. Yes, that room was awesome and the photos in red were just at the other end of the pool table, very rich indeed!!!


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