Tuesday, December 21, 2010
From Baton Rouge, we headed east on I-10, to New Orleans.
First stop in NO was for lunch at Acme Oyster House in Metairie. Did not have oysters, but the food was good.
Before the 2:00 pm tour at the rum distillery, we drove north on Elysian Fields Avenue in search of Lake Pontchartrain. Normally you can't miss this huge lake, which is 40 miles wide and 24 miles across. However, we could only see levees and walls. We passed through several of the neighborhoods that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While some homes have been repaired and restored, many are still boarded up and vacant. Even so, it is difficult to imagine the area under water. The city of New Orleans lies between the lake to the north and the Mississippi River to the south. It was the breakdown of the levees at the lake that caused most of the damage.After the Louisiana Purchase, when many other immigrants arrived, the French-speaking and mostly Catholic population called themselves "Creoles" to distinguish themselves as "natives".
Jean Lafitte National Historic Park courtyard:
A gilded statue of Joan of Arc stands in Place de France. She was a gift from the people of France, presented by President Charles de Gaulle in 1959.
View up Royal Street in the French Quarter:
The Soniat House, a large town house built in 1829 by a wealthy Creole plantation owner. Now it is a hotel with a fine example of 19th century iron lacework. You can see that the front doors once opened up into a carriageway.
The Lalaurie House is known for being haunted.
The Cornstalk Fence was made in Philadelphia around 1834:
More Christmas decorations: