Food City

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2015

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Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Monday, May 13, 2013

Next a stop to a city that always makes it on the list of one of the greats cities in the USA, New Orleans. Our first stop was to the Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand which was established in 1862.  The cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.  We had dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, and a order of Beignets which are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar (click on the video below on the left to see them make and deliver them). It was a crazy place anytime of day. We stopped there two times during our visit!

The city is named after Orléans, a city located on the Loire River in Centre, France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture (the pictures below show some of that look), as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras.

We jumped on the Canal Street Trolley and made our way to the famous Saint Louis Cemetery which is the name of three Roman Catholic cemeteries All of these graves are above ground vaults; most were constructed in the 18th century and 19th century.

Continuing to tour the city we jumped on the St. Charles Street Trolley to check-out the "Garden District"(view the video of our ride). The area was originally developed between 1832 and 1900 and is considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States. The 19th century origins of the Garden District illustrate wealthy newcomers building opulent structures based upon the prosperity of New Orleans in that era. 

Our week in the city was great, the people, the sites and the food was to die for!
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