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Money, Music & Mumford at the New Orleans Mint

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A Union ship was able to get past lower Mississippi River fortifications and roll up to New Orleans on April 26, 1862.  The day after, Marines from that ship raised a US flag over the New Orleans Mint. A group … Continue reading

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1850 House

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It was long past noon and still raining when we finished at the Presbytere, so we took cover under the awnings of the Lower Pontalba Building as we made our way to Cafe du Monde, on the opposite side of … Continue reading

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The Presbytère

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I’ve never been to Mardi Gras. It’s over-rated, they say. It’s full of rowdy, drunk people, they say. It’s dangerous, they say. For years I believed them — whoever “them” is — and tried to convince myself that I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Micaela and the Cabildo

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The Gulf coast was drowning in late spring storms in May, so we expected our visit to be a weather wash-out. But who cares — we’re in New Orleans! Patricia was attending a museum conference and the perks included behind-the-scenes … Continue reading

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Dinner at Antoine’s

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We were headed to dinner at Antoine’s when we passed through Jackson Square, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and I heard a  young woman telling her family, “I am not compromising my principles for a family photo!” She … Continue reading

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More Lighthouses: Bodie and Hatteras

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After we climbed Currituck Lighthouse, it became our mission to climb as many others as we could. So over the next week, we huffed and puffed our way up two others. About 40 miles south of Currituck is the Bodie … Continue reading

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Elizabeth I in North Carolina

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The Elizabethan Gardens, on Roanoke Island, is an “Elizabethan-inspired” 10-acres run by the Garden Club of North Carolina.  It was conceived in 1950 as a memorial to the Lost Colonists of Roanoke — the 120 English who arrived on Roanoke … Continue reading

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