So I took over 200 pics – here is s sampling
Our holiday this year consisted of sightseeing and learning about New Orleans. No swim in the ocean this trip
Interestingly for bonus points this week we had to incorporate a quote from Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. My gracious, how convenient! The Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803 while he was president.
He had this to say about it:
“Every eye in the U.S. is now fixed on this affair of Louisiana. Perhaps nothing since the revolutionary war has produced more uneasy sensations through the body of the nation.”
Tourists in New Orleans will often say “Meet me at the Café du Monde”
We did not get there but did get a pic – was always too crowded
The café Du Monde is in the French Quarter not far from the French Market
The French Market, “America’s Oldest Public Market”, has existed on the same site since 1791. What began as a Native American trading post has become a cultural and entertainment destination.
Interesting residence in French Quarter
An unique pigeon on Jackson Square
The trolley system is pretty good in the city and we took them when we could
The conductors all had an amusing, individual patter
First we took a swamp tour
The fishers set their traps for the cat fish at night and come back the next day – why get up so early in the morning if don’t have to?
The pic shows that a fish has been caught
Egret on the swamp
Elvis is a year old alligator the tour guide, Reggie, keeps on board so that everyone can handle a real alligator
Moss kept getting wound around the rotors of the boat due to the shallowness of the water Reggie had to open the door, bend down and remove the moss so that the boat could move more smoothly
Spanish moss on the Cyprus trees
Scenic view from the boat
The city tour we took on the second day was equally interesting.
We visited a cemetery, St. Louis #3. The above-ground tombs in the cemeteries of New Orleans are often referred to as “cities of the dead.” Eventually, New Orleans’ graves were kept above ground following the Spanish custom of using vaults where many people are interred in one tomb. As more are buried, the oldest bones get put into a bag at the side or back of the vault. The plaque documents who and when these people were entombed
We got to the lower 9th ward where the flooding from Katrina was at its worst. It reached 13 feet in some areas. This photo shows the water mark on a fence. Not 13 feet but enough
The markings on this house in the Lower 9th tells us that the gas is on, the date and no bodies were found in the house
An abandoned house
Night pics from the hotel
Written for the blog challenge Blogophilia on My Space
Blogophilia 45.3 Topic: “Meet Me At The ….”
(Hard, 2pts): Include a quote from Thomas Jefferson
(Easy, 1pt): mention the words “a swim in the ocean