Travel: Downtown Mobile
A colorful downtown corridor shadowed by iron-railed porches hanging overhead makes Mobile, Alabama look like New Orleans’ copy-cat cousin. But upon further research, it turns out the Mobile was the first capital of French Louisiana and the birthplace of Mardi Gras – and everyone wants you to know it. Signs and brochures around the city reaffirm this long lost fact.
Mobile is also home to many secret societies, some dating back to 1700s. Modern Mobile celebrates its rich heritage through colorful displays, the Mardi Gras museum and art of every corner. The day we visited there was an artist market open downtown.
Artists decorate the downtown buildings and open courtyards house easels and gardens for visitors and residents to enjoy. The downtown area has the same relaxed atmosphere as New Orleans. Shop windows frame eccentric tchotchkes and vibrant masks and fluffy feather boas. Greens, golds and purples echo throughout the city, a frequent reminder of the celebration that originated here.
Explore downtown Mobile with me. We only spent an hour or so there, and it still made an impression. Also, most of the artwork pictured here is by this artist.