Visit to the Big Easy, Part II

I took a tour of the city through Gray Line, and our driver and tour guide was a New Orleans native.  He provided a vast, rich and personal history of the city.  We made a stop at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which is within walking distance of the French Quarter.  All of the graves are above ground because much of the city is below sea level.

imageimageimageimageimageThe cemetery reminded me a lot of Pere Lachaise (where Jim Morrison of the Doors is buried) in Paris, but without the trees.

The tour also made a stop at City Park, a 1300 acre park within the city limits.  There is a cool sculpture garden, an old-fashioned carousel, a restaurant, among other attractions.  I walked around the sculpture garden and captured these images:

image image imageI call this photo “contemplating life,”….

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Also along the tour, we passed one of the main parade routes during Mardi Gras, and guess what was hanging from every tree limb and power line along the parade route:imageBeads, and more beads, everywhere.  After the tour, I was close to Jackson Square and starving, so I had a late lunch/early dinner at Muriel’s Jackson Square.  It was between lunch and dinner, so the menu offerings were limited to appetizers and salads.  However, I had an excellent lunch of a fresh garden salad and shrimp and goat cheese crepes with this amazing cream sauce.  SO. GOOD.  I could have licked the plate clean 🙂image imageAfter lunch, I went back to the hotel and laid down for a while, and basically relaxed for the rest of the evening.  I wasn’t up for going out.

On Thursday morning, I checked out of the hotel, and headed to the Lower Ninth Ward.

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