Pelicans swoop in and scoop up brackish water with their sagging beaks. A lone seagull snatches up a sardine from the sand. A quiet spot except for the cawing of ocean birds and the occasional blaring horn of a passing barge.
I love this time of day. I watch as runners sprint along the sea wall that separates the downtown skyscrapers from the churning water of the Mississippi River. They are heading home after spending their days toiling in cubicles and offices in these same buildings. The business day is ending as the French Quarter comes to life.
In the watery light of sunset, shopkeepers fold up sidewalk signs and draw window shades. Antique shoppers and families of tourists are replaced by couples out for a romantic evening, and later still, by groups of friends out for an evening of revelry.
|Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral|
We decided to split up fro the afternoon so I could do some shopping and visit St. Louis Cathedral while they rode the vintage streetcars and took the Canal Street Ferry over to Algiers Point. It's a fun way to see the sights, especially for a 9-year-old who loves anything to do with transportation. The ferry ride is only $2 and a one-day "Jazzy Pass" for the streetcars is $3 and is valid for a 24-hour period. Nice and easy on the budget.
|Canal Street Ferry|
|Crispy hot and sugary beignet (French donuts)|