New Orleans Photo blog for Blogopohlia 45.3


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 ….”

 

 Bonus points:

(Hard, 2pts): Include a quote from Thomas Jefferson

(Easy, 1pt): mention the words “a swim in the ocean

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27 Responses to New Orleans Photo blog for Blogopohlia 45.3

  1. Looks like a lot of fun – Love the photos! The tiny alligator is so cool – I’d like to pet him! 🙂

  2. Marvin Martian says:

    8 points Earthling! 🙂
    Love this city! Thank you for taking us with you on your trip!

  3. leezacoleman says:

    How neat! Love this. I appreciate all your effort to share this so fabulously, sweet Sue.

  4. Irene Melgoza says:

    Great pics! And that alligator…cute! They’re so cute when they’re tiny.

  5. clarkster says:

    Very nice pics. I would have said no to petting the baby alligator though.

  6. Sheri/falling feather says:

    Love your photos and great blog : ) I lived in New Orleans years ago as a young girl and miss it at times – loved seeing photos of it again

  7. liam says:

    great pics!

  8. crazypjs says:

    Loved the pictures! Looks like you had a great time in the big easy. Now I want to go even more than before. What a great place overflowing with history and wild life. Thank you for sharing all these great pictures.

  9. Avery Shipman says:

    Great photos Sue 🙂 Looks like a fantastic trip – New Orleans is such a great city, so rich in history! So sad to see the abandoned homes…that’s the harsh reality of Katrina though, unfortunately :\

    • sassyspeaks says:

      the people we spoke to about Katrina had the attitude of “we did what we had to do” I firmly believe though that they still suffer from post traumatic stress – people there are super friendly – if I go back would not go in high tourist season

  10. DJ Myke says:

    What a generous picture and caption blog this is, Sue. I have long been fascinated with Spanish Moss in South Louisiana, so that is a favorite image… No way I am handling that gator… uhnn.

    • sassyspeaks says:

      Scaredy cat! It’s just a baby ! Yeah the spanish moss stuff is fascinating – the guide said something to the effect that he is always amused at what northerners use it for – thanks Myke – by the way your blog was fun ! 😀

  11. Excellent Blogophilia, Sue! I have not been to New Orleans since 1981! Wow…. 30 years ago! I really would like to go back. It’s terrible what this city has endured, but the people there are just amazing and they persevere. Wonderful photographs, love the night shots and Elvis the alligator, especially!
    HUGS
    Colleen

    • sassyspeaks says:

      thanks so much ! I have trouble with night shots for some reason – either me or the camera – glad you thought they came out well – yes the people are wonderful – and baby anythings are cute – even aligators – thanks for the comment !

  12. The Tourist says:

    This is a good blog. Keep up all the work. I too love blogging and expressing my opinions

  13. joaniethewriter says:

    Glad I came back to read this. I missed reading a lot of blogs last week! The pictures are awesome! Someday, I would love to tour the United States and see all the wonderful sights. Ok, someday I would like to tour the world and see all the wonderful sights! lol

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