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FC: Trip to New Orleans | By: Annie Arnett |

1: New Orleans is a city of rich culture and amazing food and music. It's a city where you can find bowls filled to the top with Gumbo, clubs where the music is pure jazz, beautiful parks with so much to see, and awesome parades and festivals throughout the year. It's one of those cities that is not so much about all the attractions, but its about all the culture and history in the city. It is a city that everyone should see in his or her lifetime. |

2: History | New Orleans was part of the Louisiana Purchase. Before becoming part of the United States, it was a French colony. With its continued French influence, there are now districts in New Orleans called the French Quarter and French Market and other places that have French features. New Orleans was an important port for commerce as a French colony, because of the Mississippi River, and remained important for commerce once it became a city in the United States. |

3: Places of Interest: | -Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery - Plum Street Snoball -New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum -New Orleans Pharmacy Museum -The French Quarter -The Garden District -The Gumbo Shop -Any restaurant that sells Po-Boys New Orleans Botanical Gardens -Jackson Square - Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France | The Snoball is one of New Orleans most famous foods. It is finely shaved ice with syrup and condensed milk. It is a ritual to eat one while visiting New Orleans |

4: -Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel -Beauregard-Keyes House -Bocage Plantation -The Cabildo -The Edgar Degas House -Gallier House -Historic New Orleans Collection -Hermann Grima House -Le Petit Theatre -Madame John's Legacy | Historical Sites | |

5: Recreation and other activities | *The Algiers Ferry ride *Audubon Zoo *Ride the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar *Audubon Aquarium of the Americas *The French Market *Carousel Gardens Amusement Park *Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans(2/3/13) *Story land *Audubon Park Golf Course *Audubon Park ( A day in the park)

6: Arts, culture, and entertainment opportunities | ~ The New Orleans Museum of Art ~Besthoff Sculpture Garden ~Broadway in New Orleans ~Mardi Gras Parades ~Music and Jazz Clubs |

7: Map of Downtown New Orleans | This Map shows downtown New Orleans and some of the places of interest like the Superdome, The WWII Museum, and the Spanish Plaza. |

8: Geography | The ideal time to visit New Orleans is around January 20th - February 12th and after, because those are the days with the parades leading up to Mardi Gras day and the actual Mardi Gras day parades. Pack clothing that is comfortable and layered, because the weather can be warm during the day and colder at night. If you want, you can wear a costume for Mardi Gras, as do a lot of people. If you want to go when it's warmer and not around Mardi Gras, then go around June, when the weather is warm, but not to hot or cold. If you go around June, then pack shorts, t-shirts, light jackets, flip flops, and tennis shoes. Average temperature in January- High: 62 degrees F Low: 43 degrees F Average temperature in February-High: 65 degrees F Low: 46 degrees F Average temperature in June- High: 89 degrees F Low: 71 degrees F | Costumes on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans. |

9: Cultural Awareness | One of the most famous dishes in New Orleans is Gumbo. Gumbo is a type of stew served over rice. Locals argue that Gumbo is its own food group. The basic ingredients are sassafras, bay leaves, and okra. There is no right way to make Gumbo, people have their own recipes that are perfect for their taste. Another food is the King Cake that is a traditional food during Mardi Gras. It is a confection made of braided Danish pastry and covered in cinnamon. King Cakes are always iced in traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple(justice) green(faith) and gold(power). Hidden inside each cake is a tiny plastic baby. Whoever finds the baby either has to buy the next King Cake or host the next party. | |

10: -There have been 9 Superbowls held in New Orleans since 1970. This year will be the 10th time. - Each year there are dozens of parades in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. | -There is an exhibit called "Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and beyond" in the French Quarter. -There are 3 restaurants owned and operated by Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans. -In New Orleans you can enjoy foods with a Creole ethnic flair. -At street vendors in Audubon Park, you can try alligator on a stick. -Ellen DeGeneres is from New Orleans. -During Mardi Gras, King Cake is sold at almost every store you go to. |

11: Dear Journal, Today was my first day in New Orleans. After I dropped my bags off at my hotel, the Hyatt French Quarter, it was about lunch time and I was starving! I looked up some places to eat online and decided to go to Parasol's for a Po-Boy. Everyone said roast beef Po-Boys were amazing and that I had to try one here at Parasol's. Boy were they right! The Po-boy was absolutely wonderful! After I ate, I decided to go to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. I saw a rare and endangered species that was a white alligator! There were only 18 of them found is a Louisiana swamp. A staff member told me that in Cajun lore, seeing a white alligator is considered good luck! The coolest part was getting to pet a baby shark and being able to talk with the naturalist. When I was ready to leave, I went to the Aquarium's gift shop and after a long time of deciding which animal to get, I bought a stuffed Seahorse to remind me of my wonderful visit. I had spent so much time at the aquarium that it was 7:30 pm when I got out! So I decided to get a sandwich at 13 Monaghan on Frenchmen St and then go back to my hotel, because I was so tired from my long day. I am now looking out my window at the beautiful downtown New Orleans. I'll write more tomorrow. |

12: Dear Journal, Today I am going to some places in the French Quarter. Right now I am at the French Market. It is so cool! There is a community flea market with stands selling locally-made jewelry, clothing and art. I decided to eat at the open-air Gazebo Restaurant, because on Saturdays they feature live jazz. I just got done eating and the live music was amazing! Now I am off to see the musical Anything Goes at Le Petit Theatre. The show just ended and it was truly wonderful! Especially the theater it was in! I think now I am going to visit Royal Street. Royal Street is just how I pictured new Orleans to be! It has antique shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, colorful art galleries, and world-class hotels and restaurants. I'm going to keep looking around and I'll write more tomorrow! So far i am enjoying New Orleans more than I ever imagined! |

13: Dear Journal, Today I am going to go to some historic places. I think I will first go to the Historic Voodoo Museum. It sounds kind of scary, but it also sounds really interesting! I am on my way there and I see a place called Plum Street Snoball. The ice treats look really yummy so I think I will go have one! I am eating it now and it tastes so good! the ice finely shaved and the syrup is very sweet! It's the best snow cone i have ever had! Someone also told me that by eating one, I am participating in a New Orleans ritual. So now I am at the Voodoo Museum and it is really cool! the workers here say that the museum offers understanding into a spiritual tradition that continues to this day. I bought a hand crafted voodoo doll and Gris- Gris in the shop. I found out a Gris-Gris is a magic talisman. Now I am at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. There are a bunch of old things here like ancient medicine bottles, a huge leech jar, eyeglasses, and some unsettling surgical instruments. I have to go, because the museum is so interesting! More writing tomorrow! |

14: Dear Journal, Today I went to the House of Blues. It was so awesome to hear all the different kinds of bands play! My favorite were the jazz ones that had a bunch of different saxophone players. After that, I went to Lake Lawn Metarie cemetery to take a tour. It was so fascinating seeing all the graves above the ground! I'll have to admit, it was a little creepy too. After that, I went to The Gumbo Shop to get a bowl of chicken and shrimp gumbo. It was delicious!I even got another bowl of it! Then, I went to hang out at Audubon Park and see all the beautiful trees and flowers. I had an amazing view of the Mississippi river from where I was sitting in the grass. Later i even got to ride a ferry across the river! It was wonderful! Now I am on a plane back to Kansas City. New Orleans was amazing and I hope I get to come back! |

15: Compare and Contrast | New Orleans and Kansas City are similar and alike in many ways. They both are very big and well known cities with a lot of things to do and see. New Orleans is famous for its Gumbo, while Kansas City is famous for its barbecue. Kansas City has no big water sources by it, but New Orleans has the Mississippi river and the Gulf of Mexico by it. New Orleans is a city with a bunch of history and museums and likewise is with Kansas City. | |

16: This journey of going to New Orleans has had a big impact on my life. It showed me how much culture is in one tiny city. It also showed me that you don't have to be somewhere for a long time to feel like the place is home. I now know not to just rush by life, but to stop and smell the roses. New Orleans is a city of little things that come together to make a big and wonderful picture of knowledge. On this trip, I learned to look at the little things with a bunch of history and stories behind them and not so much the big attractions. By doing that, I saw what the real New Orleans was. Which is a city that is so amazing and has so much to offer. I have never seen anything like it. | Cause & Effect |

17: New Orleans truly is a city of amazing food, culture, music, and architecture. It is a place that is or should be on everyone's Bucket List to go visit. | "New Orleans has a real spirit. It's the most authentic of all American cities." -Brad Pitt |

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