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New Orleans - City Of Iron Lace
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© Christine Till
The lacy, wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow streets of the New Orleans French Quarter are evocative of another time, another place and they are among some of the most photographed attractions in the City.
The balconies of New Orleans have seen a lot in their centuries of grandeur. Most of them are made of wrought iron in a process that precedes the age of factory production; the iron was literally scored and hammered by hand, and much of the energy of the artist still seems to linger on in the irons strength and endurance. Can it be possible that some blacksmiths continue to be proud of their work from beyond the grave?
So the next time you visit New Orleans, as you walk through the bustling streets and quaint alleys of the old Quarter, remember to look up and wave. You might just be greeting a visitor from the past, a revenant spirit from another domain!
December 10th, 2013
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