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St. Louise Cathedral

I followed up my 11th place performance in the 2004 National Scrabble Championship with a couple days touring pre-Katrina New Orleans. I took a cemetery tour through the famous crypts and tombs of the city, a a "ghost tour" of the haunted and infamous buildings (where I got to enjoy a drink at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, allegedly the oldest bar in America) and a swamp tour, where I got to see some beautiful birds, plants, and of course, alligators.


I also did independent visits to the old mint, the French Quarter, the aquarium, Cafe du Monde, and the Ripley's Believe-it-or-not Museum.

New Orleans is an incredibly diverse and lively city. The cemeteries and colonial architecture are really spectacular and unlike anything else in America. You can really see the combined French and Spanish influence, as well as the necessary adjustments to the city's unique geography (e.g., above ground crypts).

I probably enjoyed the aquarium and the swamp tour the most, but it was all a great experience.

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St. Louise Cathedral
St. Louise Cathedral
Building
Building
Penguin
Penguin
St. Louise Cathedral
St. Louise Cathedral
St. Louise Cathedral
St. Louise Cathedral
St. Louise Cathedral
St. Louise Cathedral
Alligator
Alligator
Bird
Bird
Building
Building
Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Du Monde
Cemetery
Cemetery
Crypt
Crypt
LaFittes
LaFitte's
Penguin
Penguin
Penguins
Penguins
Andrew Jackson statue
Andrew Jackson statue
White Alligator
White Alligator
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