I am thinking that he was thinking, "The hell with scenery, the hell with culture -- bring on the foie gras!"
But seriously, Imac, pay no attention to that churl in the last post. This group of pictures is more than wonderful! I can't stop staring at the one with the doorknob and the flaking paint -- just beautiful. (amended to add -- eek! Jazz posted between this post of mine and the one by the churl. Jazz is not a churl!)
I love the ones of the utility covers -- an aqueduct to represent water, great! The wavy one is a beautiful design. *
I don't know what it is about the first few pictures, but they are more my image of a colder, more northern Europe. (of course, I don't know what I'm talking about, either)
Thanks for including the shots of the business signs for everyday stuff. That always gives a good sense of how a place feels to the visitor and the regular life there.
*aside: the manhole covers in N.O. are so highly regarded for their design that you can buy jewelry and other items based on them.