11/22/18 – Thursday Happy Thanksgiving!!
Avenue Plaza (WorldMark condo), New Orleans, Louisiana
I miss our boys and grandchildren. Sigh. We had a wonderful breakfast here at our condo-eggs, yogurt and blue berries for me, egg, bread and peanut butter for John. Relaxed with TV and books. We left at 2pm for a walking tour of the Garden District. Such lovely homes. From our walking tour pamphlet: The French Quarter was initially established by Creoles during the French and Spanish colonial periods, and the Garden District was created by Americans after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Antebellum New Orleans’ lucrative combination of Mississippi River commerce, regional abundance of cash crops, slave trade, and national banks fueled the local economy, resulting in a remarkable building boom that extended for several square miles through Uptown….friction arose between the Creoles and Americans due to mutual snobbery, language barriers, religious division and competition over burgeoning commerce….With inferior business experience, education, and organizational skills, the Creoles worried that les Americains would work them out of business. Americans were thus barred from the already overcrowded French Quarter. The snubbed Americans moved upriver and created a residential district of astounding opulence; the Garden District.