Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010 2. More New Orleans (12/22/2010)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
After breakfast we had time to walk a bit more of the French Quarter.
Statue of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, who founded La Nouvelle-Orléans in 1718.
The former apothecary of Louis Dufilho, Jr. is now the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.
The K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, home to Chef Paul Prudhomme, opened in 1979:
The Old Civil Courts Building (1910) now houses the Louisiana Supreme Court:
A statue of Chief Justice Edward Douglass White stands in front:
Decorated balconies:
The Old Bank of Louisiana Building (1826) now serves as the 8th District Police Station:
Built as a residence (1795), then converted to the Louisiana Bank in 1805, the first bank in the Louisiana Purchase Territory (note "LB" in the wrought-iron balcony):
Now it is Brennan's Restaurant, where the flaming dessert Bananas Foster was invented.
Next is Antoine's Restaurant, founded by French-born Antoine Aliatore. His son created Oysters Rockefeller.
Who is Chris Owens?
A local "Musical Legend", a burlesque performer, and nightclub owner.
Interesting building that we thought was the Hermann-Grima House, but turned out to be its museum and shop:
The Hermann-Grima House (1831) is a Colonial structure showing the American impact on New Orleans:
Broussard's Restaurant was opened in 1920, by the Paris-trained chef Joseph Broussard.
The Famous Door Nightclub (established 1934) has a long list of celebrities who have performed at the venue next to the front door.
The New Orleans Musical Legends Park, an open-air courtyard contains statues of notable jazz artists.
Antoine "Fats" Domino, Al "Jumbo" Hirt, and Pete Fountain:
Ronnie Kole (Pianist/Entertainer):
Louis Prima:
And here is Chris Owens!
Time to hop aboard the St Charles Avenue Streetcar! "Exact change" required, but we received a piece of paper with our change from $4 (fare is $1.25). It is the oldest continuously running street railway in the country. Disembarked at Lee Circle with its statue of General Robert E. Lee.
The National World War II Museum opened in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum.
It is a Smithsonian  Institution affiliate. New Orleans was chosen as the museum site to honor Andrew Higgins, a local boatbuilder who developed the amphibious landing craft that was so instrumental during the Normandy Invasion.
The St Charles Avenue streetcar:
Streetcar patrons:
Lunch at La Madeleine Cafe and Bakery:
Hiked along a Mississippi River levee:
to Audubon Park, and the Audubon Zoo.
Next: Audubon Zoo.

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