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Katrina was not enough (Alex)

by on August 17, 2014

We are now in New Orleans and I do not like it at all. Its the worst of Rome, Amsterdam, and Paris, all in one city. There are still ratty buildings, a ratty tram system, and a ratty everything else, even after Katrina.

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^^^^^
Above is the view from our window at the hotel (the massive A/C fans did not make the picture).
For the record, that picture was looking at the French Quarter. Also, our hotel is uncomfortably close to Bourbon St. So close that a room key is required to use the elevator [for security].

Today, however, we escaped New Orleans and went to see some plantations! The first one we saw had an interesting formation of trees (below)

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This plantation was lived in until 1984, which was pretty impressive for a house like this. The oak area was designed to funnel the cool air from the river into the house. The second plantation was a “house of 30”, which had an above-ground basement, 30 pillars, and then a house on top of it. This house has survived 200 years, with serious restoration work after it partially burned in a fire. The interesting thing about this house is that the two center doors are an air vent, and are never to be entered through. On each side, a bedroom and office are located, a pantry is located behind the man’s office, and a birthing room behind the ladies’. The air vent had a dining room, and a sitting room. After this, we went on a tram ride, on the oldest streetcar line in the world (which certainly shows). This is what we did today.

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