Thursday, March 10, 2011

Old Man River

On Sunday afternoon, we decided to take the riverboat
ride down to the Battle of New Orleans site. It was a
beautiful day.
We sat near the rear of the boat, and the paddle wheel was
right outside. It was surprisingly quiet after we got underway.

Two of the first landmarks we passed were the Jax
Brewery building which houses shops and restaurants,
and Jackson Square.


This is the Domino Sugar Factory which has been
producing sugar from sugar cane for over a century.




There are lots of docks and warehouses along the bank,
and I loved the character of this one. It would make a
great watercolor!



We left the boat and toured the battlefield site. This
is the Napoleon House, a plantation house located
there at the State Park.






This is the Battle of New Orleans monument and
tourist center. After the historical presentation, we
boarded the boat and traveled upstream back into
town.
This was a relaxing and informative trip. The boat is
comfortable, with a glassed inside viewing area, and
an outside top deck. They serve food and drink, and
have music on board as well. The narration was great,
and I learned a lot about the river and history that I
did not know. And I got to photograph some views of
the river, boats, and the bank that you cannot see any
other way. So, if you are down that way, check it out.
It's a great way to spend a couple of hours away from
some of the hustle and bustle of the city!
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