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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

New Orleans

By Jul 19th 2010 No Comments »

After seeing the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Mississippi, we arrived in New Orleans late Thursday night and stayed at Bayou Segnette State Park, only a few miles from downtown.  Neither of us have ever been to the area, but were excited to learn about the culture, history and unique anecdotes that make this city so special.

Friday morning we left the campsite and decided to drive the perimeter of the city.  To help us understand more about the people and their story, we embarked on a solemn drive through the 9th Ward. The 9th Ward is the area most well known for being the hardest impacted area due to Hurricane Katrina.  In 2005, Katrina hit New Orleans and devastated the city. Over 1,500 people lost their lives – some of whom are still unaccounted for.

As we drove the streets, we were shocked and saddened to see the streets and houses still in ruins – as if the Hurricane had hit only a year ago, not five years ago.  Decaying structures still boarded up, spray-painted with the corresponding emergency personal codes, still lined the streets.  Entire roofs were gone, and in one instance, only the front wall of the house was still standing.  It was a heartbreaking experience, especially to realize that residents in the area still have such a constant reminder of the disaster that took place in their own back yard.

We later headed down to Magazine Street, most well-known for it’s six-mile long stretch of antique shops, art galleries and boutiques.  Our next stop was the French Quarter – a quick jaunt down Bourbon Street, which was all that was required, encompasses portions of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

The French Quarter is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. Spanish Architecture buildings line the streets and date back to even before New Orleans became part of the United States.  Houses are painted in vibrant hues of the entire color spectrum, and elaborately decorated ironwork balconies and galleries adorn each residence – a huge difference than New England’s pastels and somewhat monotone colors.

Overall, New Orleans is rich in history and culture. It has it’s own attitude and lifestyle found nowhere else in the U.S.  Music and rhythm flows through the veins of the city while the local cuisine makes the heart beat.

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