Sunday, September 30, 2007

Spanish Plaza on the Riverfront

One exit from the ferry landing, at the foot of Canal Street in New Orleans, leads to the Spanish Plaza on the Riverfront along the Mississippi River. On the other side of the plaza is the Riverwalk Marketplace. And to the right of the plaza is the World Trade Center.

Spanish Plaza Tiles

In the bicentennial year of 1976 Spanish Plaza was dedicated to honor the friendship between New Orleans and Spain. From 1763 until 1800, New Orleans was under the Spanish flag. The plaza is decorated with family crests on tiles that create a circle around a fountain at the center. In 2001 the plaza was rededicated after it was renovated.

Family Crests

Spanish Plaza Fountain

Here are some closer shots of the fountain at Spanish Plaza. To see more detailed shots click on pic folio.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dining Room at Five Happiness

Five Happiness is a Chinese restaurant located in Mid City New Orleans. It flooded after Katrina. The interior had to be gutted. The new look is very different from what you might expect to see at a Chinese Restaurant. I just had to snap some shots while dining there. Until this building opened up, the Five Happiness banquet hall across the street was open for business.

Entering the Dining Room

Front of Five Happiness

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Serranos Salsa Company

Wednesday I went to a film screening at Clearview Mall in Metairie. Since I was worried about traffic, I went to Serranos Salsa Company to eat before the show. It is located on the backside of the mall that faces I-10. The restaurant serves Latin food. Besides good food, there are plenty of art objects to view. Some of the work made me excited about painting. Below is a mural that wraps around the upper wall of the bar.

Art Around Serranos

Here are some shots from around the restaurant. The art really gives the place a personality. The first picture is my table top. I had to clear everything off to show the whole painting.

Serranos Restrooms