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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Magazine St and Mardi Gras

We went roaring off to breakfast at Camelia's. This place is up at the St Charles turn around spot, where we stayed two years ago. Big ol Louisiana plate of grits, hash browns and bacon.






Last time we had 'found' Magazine Street, so yesterday we went back. Just a cool funky hang-out street filled with consignment shops, restaurants, bbq and pizza joints. Bars and the like. Don't forget, New Orleans, during the MardiGras season is all about the good times.. Shops close early...beer is on the streets...lots of smiles and so on. Magazine Street is just an extension of all of that good vibe stuff, but without the intensity of the Quarter.






Magazine Street

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Magazine Street is a major thoroughfare in New Orleans, Louisiana. Like Tchoupitoulas Street, St. Charles Avenue, and Claiborne Avenue, it reflects the curving course of the Mississippi River. The street took its name from an ammunition magazine located on the street in colonial times. The street may have also been named after the Spanish word magazin or almazon which means "warehouse." The story goes that in 1877, General James Wilkinson from Kentucky made a controversial trip to New Orleans to trade American products with the Spanish. Wilkinson managed to persuade Spanish Governor Esteban Miro to allow Kentucky to monopolize trade of the Mississippi River. Wilkinson became an official agent and a warehouse, or magazin was built for him.
 
 
Commercial section of Magazine Street
Magazine Street at Josephine
Magazine Street at Felicity

Description

The downriver end of Magazine Street is at Canal Street; on the other side of Canal Street in the French Quarter the street becomes Decatur Street. From Canal through the Central Business District and Lower Garden District, Magazine Street is one-way in the upriver direction; downriver traffic forks to join Camp Street, the next street away from the river. Above Felicity Street to the far Uptown end it has a lane of traffic going in both directions with parking on both sides. It is an RTA bus route.
The street follows the length of the crescent through Uptown. After several miles of residential and commercial neighborhoods, it cuts through Audubon Park, with Audubon Zoo on the river side of the street. The far upper end of the street is at Leake Avenue, a part of River Road, where it turns away from the river in the Carrollton riverbend.
Most of the street is a mix of residential and commercial buildings, generally older houses from the later nineteenth century and similarly aged commercial stretches consisting of antique shops, clothing boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Magazine Street is well-known for being a popular shopping district for interested tourists. The street itself however runs a length of six miles, so it is generally recommended by travel connoisseurs to hail a cab when shopping in the area. Magazine Street shopping offers a unique selection of products many of which are handcrafted and one of a kind pieces.













Ms Real Estate wonder....








The colours of Mardi Gras are everywhere. On houses, cars, clothing and in shops.









Good bar, this place..right across from Mclure's bbq...Sharon was shopping, I was testing beer.





Note how this place has been re-done. It would have been a 'shotgun' style home..long and narrow, but it got turned into apt's, going the width of the building.










 



McLures bbq..across from the bar..we had some chicken and corn bread....







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And there was a Mardi Gras parade...started at 6, so we walked up to St Charles to the route and got a good spot.

















Beads...beads everywhere







































Then...dessert time...