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Published: June 22nd 2017
Canal St separates the more modern "American Sector" which includes the CBD, from the French Quarter (or more accurately, the French/Spanish Quarter). NB: photo time stamp is still LA time!
Geo: 29.9498, -90.0769
Morning flight to New Orleans.
Tucked in below Lake Pontchartrain with the Mississippi delta to the east and south, New Orleans (nicknamed "The Big Easy" or NOLA) has little land suitable for building. What is available is very low lying, with an average elevation below sea level. In earlier times NOLA was one of the most important US cities but it has been in decline (relative to other US cities) since the 1860s, and in absolute decline since 1960. Apparently the population has almost returned to its 2005 pre-Katrina level of 400,000 (1.2M in the wider metro area).
New Orleans was French from 1718 until 1763, when it was ceded to Spain. Napoleon took it back in 1800 but then sold it to the US as part of the 'Louisiana Purchase' in 1803. He used the $15M sale price to fund his European wars. I was surprised to learn that the Purchase comprised a huge 825,000 sq miles of land, from 15 present US states and two Canadian territories.
We spent Sat night in the Wyndham Garden Hotel and then moved to the Hyatt Regency to join the cruise on Sun.
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