images from Christmas in the French Quarter. Photos by Pam VanderPloeg

Jon and I were lucky to spend a week in the French Quarter where great music is always available from a what seems like an impromptu brass band on the street corner to jazz in one of the clubs on Frenchman’s Street. We attended a Christmas cantata at the St. Louis Cathedral and sang Christmas carols in Jackson Square with local residents and visitors alike and attended the 100th birthday celebration of Professor Longhair at Tipitina’s. We both fell in love with the Creole cottages, two-story townhouses with iron lace balconies and were fascinated by the single, double and triple gallery shotgun houses. We had to go back a second day to really see all of the World War II Museum.

Below are photos from the Garden District, a neighborhood of large and ornate homes built originally by the new American citizens who settled in the French city after the Louisiana Purchase. They were not really welcomed into the French society and so established their own little city of Lafayette which was later incorporated into New Orleans.