New Orleans Tour

This morning we did something we have never done in New Orleans in all the times we were here… we took a city tour. The tour was operated by Celebration Tours. Specifically, we took the New Orleans City Tour. Why take a tour? We have been in New Orleans many times and focused on a very small part of the city, downtown, warehouse district, and the French Quarter. This tour gave us a taste of other parts of the city so that in the future we could spend more time exploring other sections.

We had limited opportunity to take pictures because we only made one stop in City Park. The park is considerably bigger than New York’s Central Park.  It contains gulf courses, The New Orleans Museum of Art, a sculpture garden with original art, and the Morning Call Café.

Morning Call in City Park
A pool in the Sculpture Garden
Riace Warriors by Elisabeth Frink
Corridor Pin, Blue by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Imagine the diaper this held together .
We Stand Together by George Rodrigue. There is a blue dog, a yellow dog and red dog. When you view the sculpture from the angle below you get a two-toned dog.
We Stand Together at a different angle
Love, Red and Blue by Robert Indiana. We understand that this is the original sculpture

Ozzie Laporte Jr, our tour guide, gave me access to his collection of New Orleans pictures. The pictures are the property of Mr. Laporte and are used with his permission.

Decatur Street at Jackson Square
Decatur and St Louis Streets, French Quarter
Cemetery
French Quarter Scene
French Quarter scene
St. Charles Street
New Orleans Girl Fight Gallery

Ozzie, our tour operator dropped us off at the hotel and after a quick bite we were on the move again. We walked to the French Market and back (see dotted line on map). This is a milestone for Susie… the round trip is 2.2 miles. This is the furthest she walked since she broke her kneecap. The walk to the World War II Museum and back was the previous record at a mile. We stopped periodically to give Susie a break.

Jackson Square with St Louis Cathedral in the center background
Andrew Jackson statue in Jackson Square
As were walking by Jackson Square we saw this mule in training. It was spooked by a puddle of water and had to be walked through it.
St Peter Street adjacent to Jackson Square. I don’t remember ever seeing it so quiet.
Café Du Monde
Part of the French Market adjacent to Café du Monde
Joan of Arc statue near the French Market

4 thoughts on “New Orleans Tour”

  1. When we were in New Orleans earlier this year we covered the city via a bike tour. We visited City Park and the Morning Cafe. Much better than Cafe Du Monde. Great way to see the city, but not sure if Susie’s knee would be up to it.

    1. I don’t think that Susie would do a New Orleans bike tour even with a good knee… she is not into distance riding. For that matter, I’m not sure I could do a tour like that either.

  2. I had to look it up! Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” image actually has it own Wikipedia page as well as a separate Wikipedia page with a list of LOVE sculptures. Wikipedia says that the original image (in red, blue and green) was in print form for a 1964 Museum of Modern Art Christmas card and that the original sculpture was made in 1970 of unpainted “weathering steel” and is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The New Orleans Museum of Art version — LOVE Red/Blue — seems to have been one of an edition of three made of painted aluminum in 1990. (I remember seeing the Hebrew “AHAVA” version at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.)

    Yay for Susie’s knee!

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