Early Morning in the French Quarter

February 14, 2020 § 4 Comments

The French Quarter pre-dawn and early morning of the morning after.

The streets are mostly quiet, free of tourists, although there are folks out and about. Now and then a drunk staggers into view, sometimes crying out, sometimes desperate for balance. But mostly it is people hurrying by, nodding good morning or keeping to themselves. Some are headed to or from work, or just passing through on their way from one place to another. There are the street people, denizens of the night who sleep on the sidewalks. There are others already at work, cleaning, picking up garbage, prepping food, tending bar at the few all-night joints. Shadowy figures appear and disappear around corners. And there is the ubiquitous trash strewn from pilfered trash bins, and discarded drink containers, beer bottles, pizza boxes, food, and other refuse dropped by visitors on the streets and sidewalks.

Tôt le matin dans le Vieux Carré. Here is New Orleans on two foggy mornings in December.


§ 4 Responses to Early Morning in the French Quarter


    Great pics…
    Actually spent the night on the streets of the Virus Carer years ago, was routed from a nice warm corner of the basement of JAX brewery… later distributed beignets and orange juice to some of fellow night denizens. I wasn’t really down and out, just didn’t want to spend $300 on room . rode train to Jackson later that day. Was interesting experience. Thanks for bringing the memory back. If you get in the Ocean Springs area let me know, love to share coffe/drink. Sam Tucker

  • Len melvin says:

    Desperate for Balance is going to be the name of my next band

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