New Orleans, Louisiana

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Arriving in New Orleans quite early for the business on that day, I decided to take a look at the Jackson square while waiting.

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You can take a horse carriage around this part of the town.

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Jackson Square.

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A cathedral in the center back of the square.

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The center cathedral.

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Next to the cathedral was Tableu, a classic French-Creole restaurant.

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Behind the cathedral are the streets of the French Quarter.

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Intriguing perfume bottle.

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Hand-made masks shop, unfortunately, no picture could land on their beautifully hand-crafted (and pricey) masks. I was privileged to take a picture of the craftsman at work. 

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Man playing Frank Sinatra songs.

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An instrument I found in Texas as well, these ones finally made the right tunes and came with instructions.

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Clip boards and game boards.

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Bottle tops, and different ways to open them.

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French balcony.

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The biker in this picture was hit by a car just seconds later.

I heard a scream and saw he flew a few feet off from his bike. Everyone came around to check if he was OK, turned out he was mostly OK.

What a lucky guy, his head barely missed a building column. 

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Barely missed the French Quarter Festival.

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Next up, French  Market.

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Passing by a voodoo art shop.

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French Market.

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Crawfish cake.

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Another feature of New Orleans, the booze.

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Taking Canal Street – a touristy street, to  Bourbon street – the most touristy street.

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Shops selling “revealing” clothing.

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You will not miss the Bourbon Street. Almost every other tourist turns onto this street.

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Beer gardens everywhere.

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$3 for 20 oz, or $10 for 64 oz hurricane fish bowl.

I didn’t try the hurricane – I don’t want to miss my flight back to Dallas.

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China Merchants Association.

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Tiled street signs.

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Shot stands.

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Passing by musicians playing in the Jackson Plaza late afternoon.

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The Mississippi dike was right across from the Jackson Square.

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You can walk along the dike.

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One of the only two steam boats left on Mississippi; tourists boarding.

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Love Wins.

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Looks like this boat was going to hit the bridge.

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People started noticing the boat running into the bridge

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Many passersby stopped and started watching

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It barely made it.

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A shop selling very strong coffee… and very spicy nuts.