Wednesday, April 2, 2014

algiers point, new orleans



when i think of new orleans, i think of the french quarter, bourbon street, mardi gras beads, and hurricanes (the drink and the natural disaster). but there's another side to new orleans filled with beautiful homes and history. algiers point, the small neighborhood across the mississippi river from the french quarter, is a perfect mix of the two.

algiers point, as it stands now, has been around since the turn of the 20th century, but the neighborhood is as old as new orleans itself, almost 300 years old. it was once a home to the french colonists' slaughterhouse and powder magazine, but is now filled with gorgeous homes built in the late 1800s after a large fire devastated the area. the houses are colorful and ornate and stunning to look at. if you have a free couple of hours in to kill, i highly recommend taking the canal street ferry ($2 each way) over and walking around the beautiful neighborhood.