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We visited New Orleans, Louisiana, on the Mississippi delta in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cafe du Monde, New Orleans   Cafe du Monde - Chicory Flavored Coffee and Beignets

The Cafe du Monde (Cafe of the World)  is one of the highlights of New Orleans. It is open 24 hours a day and has a fixed menu of coffee with chicory and beignets (right, small donuts served with confectionary sugar, see picture at right).
 beignet  NOLA cafe "New Orleans Cafe"     

Another New Orleans highlight is jazz. New Orleans is thought to be the birthplace of modern jazz. One of its temples is Preservation Hall (left). The photo on the right is another example of a jazz location.

The Original "Preservation Hall" in New Orleans   A Typical Jazz Club in New Orleans

Mardi Gras Figure   Mardi Gras Figure and Naimah And, finally, New Orleans is [in]famous for its celebration of Mardi Gras - "fat Tuesday"). A festive revelry with scant religious underpinnings, Mardi Gras displays an exuberant excess of loud enjoyment. There are even Mardi Gras museums that display floats and paraphernalia from celebrations through the years. Here are two Mardi Gras figures at a Mardi Gras Museum. Naimah is with the statue on the right.

Here are some details from Cemetery #3 in New Orleans. The graves are above ground because much of New Orleans is below sea level and gets flooded from time to time.  Those families not wealthy enough for a stand-alone crypt can use wall-mounted facilities (right).
  
NOLA cemetery "New Orleans cemetery"          

Details of Burial Crypts in New Orleans Cemetery #3   Details of Burial Vaults in New Orleans Cemetery #3

Gilded Statue of Joan of Arc, New Orleans This is a statue of Joan of Arc, the "Maid of Orlans", a patron of the City of New Orleans. She rides under the flags of the USA and France. As a piece of trivia, all but one US States have laws based on English Common Law: the one exception is Louisiana whose laws are based on the Code of Napoleon.  NOLA statue   "statue joan of arc"    

Here are two snapshots of one area. On the left, we are standing in Jackson Square, in front of the statue of Andrew Jackson. In the rear is the Cathedral of St Louis. The picture on the right shows more detail of the park and church.
 Jerrold Patz and Naimah
"Jerrold Patz"  NOLA Jackson Square

Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria in New Orleans's Jackson Square   Jackson Square with the Cathedral of St Louis in the Rear

Interior of New Orleans's Cathedral of St Louis   Ceiling of New Orleans's Cathedral of St Louis Two photos of the inside of the Cathedral of St Louis. The ceiling decor is slightly reminiscent of that of the Vatican Museum.
  NOLA cathedral "New Orleans cathedral"     

Another famous and historic eating place is "The Court of The Two Sisters". Here we are after an enjoyable jazz brunch in their spacious courtyard (left). On the right is an evening picture of their facade.
 Jerrold Patz and Naimah
 "court of two sisters"  "Jerrold Patz"

Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria in the Courtyard of "The Court of The Two Sisters"   "The Court of The Two Sisters" Facade

The Paddlewheel Steamship Natchez on the Mississippi   Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria Boarding the Natchez

The Natchez's Calliope Playing a Tune   Naimah and Jerrold Patz Overlooking The Steamship Natchez at its Dock

We took a boat ride on the historic Natchez paddle wheel steamboat [website] (an actual steamboat). The left photo shows the Natchez plying the Mississippi, the middle photo shows us boarding the ship, and the right photo shows the Natchez's calliope in use (note the steam exiting the musical pipes). [Calliope is the eldest of the classical Greek Muses, and  is the muse of epic poetry .] And, finally, us overlooking the Natchez at the pier.
 Jerrold Patz Naimah "Jerrold Patz"  "Natchez steamboat" "natchez paddle"

Here are two examples of the architecture in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Note the iron railing and plans on the balconies. These two photos are from very different parts of the quarter 
  NOLA architecture   "New Orleans architecture"   "French Quarter architecture"     

French Quarter Architecture   French Quarter Architecture

Marker of the Place of Death of Jefferson Davis Commemorative marker of the place of death of Jefferson Davis, first and only president of the Confederate States of America, 6 December 1889 in the Garden District of New Orleans. "Jefferson Davis"  commemorative marker tomb  "grave marker"
Coming and going into New Orleans in style: (left) Naimah and Kim in the limo, (right) Kim and Mee Wah watching as I pack the limo. "Mee Wah"  Naimah and Kim in the Limo   Loading up the Limo to Leave New Orleans

The "End of the Line": St Charles Avenue Streetcar   Controls of the St Charles Streetcar

This is literally the "end of the line" of the St Charles Street streetcar (left). Here, the car reverses its direction and goes back to its starting point in the downtown area. The St Charles streetcar is a major tourist attraction because of its historically significant steel and wooden cars, and because it traverses the picturesque Garden District. Right - the controls of the St Charles streetcar. 
 
"New Orleans Streetcar" NOLA streetcar  "st. charles streetcar"  "st charles streetcar"   "st charles streetcar controls"

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