New Orleans Walking Tour 5-10-16

Back to New Orleans from Thibodaux, crossed the Mississippi again, checked in to the Hilton Riverfront.

Strolled from the Hilton along the riverwalk towards Jackson Square. First explored the Spanish fountain, a 1976 gift from Spain, with tiles denoting cities in Spain.

Next we saw the Holocaust Memorial, by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. Nine panels merge into different images as you walk around the sculpture.

Continued enjoying the sights of Woldenberg Park along the river, a gift from philanthropist Malcolm Woldenberg. Enjoyed the sculptures, especially the Monument to Immigrants. The base is carved with the names of various immigrant aid groups of so many nationalities. New Orleans’ history made it a marvelous melting pot of French, Spanish, English, free black, Creole, Italian, Jewish, and so many more cultures. This immigrant statue honors the “courageous men and women who left their homeland seeking freedom, opportunity and a better life in a new land.” But the statue of Old Man River is more amusing than inspiring.

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Walked around the French Quarter, getting a feel for the architecture and quirkiness, and caught a glimpse of Louis Armstrong Park. We grabbed lunch on a balcony, over Bourbon St.

Took the Friends of the Cabildo’s guided walking tour – learned so much about the different architectural styles, history, people, and the dreaded 4Fs – Fire, Flood, Fever, and the newcomer – the subterranean Formosa termite (which likely arrived in the wooden crates used to ship equipment back from the Pacific front in WWII).

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This mural behind Cafe DuMonde shows the mix of cultures in the city.

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Classic street scene – wish the car hadn’t passed just then!

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Building on left has a balcony. The one on the right has a balcony above, and a gallery below. A gallery’s supports go all the way down to the sidewalk.

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Those arches above the doors allow light into the half-story storage space between the 1st and 2nd floors.

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Learned about voodoo as a religious practice, actually closely tied to Catholicism.

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Construction technique – wooden framing, with brick and mortar filling in between the beams.

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Back alley, separating the main home from the slave/work areas.

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That odd sign post is a cell-phone tower – no unsightly towers hovering over the French Quarter.

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Famed cornstalk fence – look what you can do with cast iron!

We then toured the 1850 House, part of the Louisiana State Museum collection, in one of the Pontalbo buildings that flank Jackson Square.

Walked over to Lafayette Square to check the lay of the land for the next night’s concert.

Ended the night at Preservation Hall for some great old-time brass (no photos  allowed during show, or the band will walk out).

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