New Orleans: The French Quarter

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Like every other tourist in New Orleans, we started our day off in line at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.  It took about 20 minutes for us to get seated in the big tent-like structure that covers the tiny tables crowded with ecstatic consumers of beignets and cafe au lait. 
 After our brunch we hit the streets, just following our noses in no particular direction, admiring the architecture that seems to be never ending.  This was the building right across from Cafe Du Monde. You’ll notice too the line of horse drawn buggies (one of tourism’s greatest inventions) waiting for business in front of Jackson Park on the left. 
 Here’s one of the prettiest buggies in town.
In the center of Jackson Square there is a statue of Andrew Jackson with the engraving “The Union Must and Shall be Preserved.” Strange sentiment for the south, I’d think, but then I’m not familiar with where New Orleans stood during the “unpleasantness.” I know it was crucial because of it’s position at the mouth of the Mississippi, and I’ve heard that both sides decided not to destroy it because of it’s value.