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Ferrying to Algiers

A Visit to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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December 16, 2004 - Last Day in New Orleans

We didn't do much today. Bob had to ask me how to turn the shower on - it isn't immediately obvious because of the whirlpool. You have to pull down a ring inside the faucet. We watched TV until 11 (or rather Bob made his breakfast (bacon and hot tea) and watched TV in the living room and I sat in the bedroom and computed).

Then we went down to the ferry docks.
Canal Street Light poles decorated for Xmas

Canal Street Light poles decorated for Xmas


I noticed for the first time that the light posts in the neutral ground were all labeled with something on the four sides. This proved to be
French Domination side

French Domination side


French Domination 1719-1789
Spanish Domination side

Spanish Domination side


Spanish Domination 1789-1803
Confederate domination

Confederate domination


Confederate Domination 1861-1865
American domination side

American domination side


American Domination 1803-1861 and 1865 to present

Workers in the ferry terminal

Workers in the ferry terminal


We just missed a ferry so I took photos of the History of Mardi Gras posters
1 and 2 history of Mardi Gras

1 and 2 history of Mardi Gras

3 and 4 designs

3 and 4 designs

5 and 6 Graphic designs in the ferry terminal

5 and 6 Graphic designs in the ferry terminal


The ferries go from the New Orleans side (east) on the hour and half hour. The escalators at the ferry dock weren't working so we had to climb several flights of stairs. We found out later that if we'd entered from the Plaza de Espania side, there would have been a ramp. Pedestrians are free. It is a car ferry, although Bob insisted at first that it was not. They load the cars on the side instead of the end like they do with the NC ferries. That means the ferry doesn't have to turn around. The ferry was named the Thomas Jefferson
Getting on the ferry in NOLA

Getting on the ferry in NOLA


Note muddy water geyser in the river under bridge

Note muddy water geyser in the river under bridge


Decorated for Christmas

Decorated for Christmas


Loading ramp for cars

Loading ramp for cars


They go from the Algiers side (west) on the quarter hour and quarter of the hour. It was a nice enough day that we could ride outside, and I took some pictures.
Shore through the fence

Shore through the fence


New Orleans ferry dock

New Orleans ferry dock


Plaza de Espania from the ferry

Plaza de Espania from the ferry


Looking up the river

Looking up the river

Louisiana flag on right

Louisiana flag on right


J.J. Audubon from the ferry

J.J. Audubon from the ferry


Trade Center from the ferry

Trade Center from the ferry


Ferry Dock from ferry

Ferry Dock from ferry


Car being unloaded

Car being unloaded


Loading dock with town in background

Loading dock with town in background


When we got off the ferry, there was a map of the area on the wall of the terminal,
Map in Ferry Terminal

Map in Ferry Terminal

Mural of historic buildings in ferry terminal - Algiers

Mural of historic buildings in ferry terminal - Algiers


and outside there was a statue to Louis Armstrong.
Louis Armstrong statue

Louis Armstrong statue

Base of Louis Armstrong statue

Base of Louis Armstrong statue


There was a regular local bus, and a mini-bus outside
Shuttle stop

Shuttle stop


to take us the four blocks to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World (where they make the carnival floats), and he gave us a spiel on the ride. [Note: Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World Studios are now in New Orleans proper and not in Algiers]
House of the 7 Sisters

House of the 7 Sisters


We drove by this house on the free shuttle van to Mardi Gras World. The driver said we'd get in free with the wrist band that showed we had paid the admission to Mardi Gras World, and that we could then get picked up for a return trip to the ferry right outside. But really, the folklore voodoo museum/gift ship is free for everyone because they let us in even though we didn't pay admission to Mardi Gras World.
Houses in Algiers

Houses in Algiers


He also said we could pay to go to the cooking school.
Roof Peak at Mardi Gras World

Roof Peak at Mardi Gras World


Entrance sign

Entrance sign


I had gotten the impression from the talk we had Saturday that if you didn't take the tour (which the hotel guy said was boring) you could just wander around. The tour for old people was $11 each, and I thought that was way too much - I'm not that interested in Mardi Gras anyway.
Over the top of Shop entrance at Mardi Gras World

Over the top of Shop entrance at Mardi Gras World


But it turned out that you could only wander around if you paid for the tour. I didn't want to do the tour, and I particularly didn't want to pay $22 (for two of us) for it. I think Bob would have liked to do it but he didn't say. So we paid for a cooking school lunch -$8 @. They demonstrate how to make various dishes. As a part of that, we got to go through some of the warehouse, and when the tour went by, we heard that part of it. The actual tour starts with a movie which we didn't see. And we also didn't get any King Cake but when we had some at the Saturday meeting it was way too sweet for me, so I didn't feel that we missed much
Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World


Parade Floats for Mardi Gras

Parade Floats for Mardi Gras


Follow the yellow brick road (tour path)

Follow the yellow brick road (tour path)

Dragon

Dragon

large_2146306-Mardi_Gras_World_Algiers.jpgBaseball player and the Patchwork Girl of Oz

Baseball player and the Patchwork Girl of Oz


Watch the Chef

Watch the Chef

Gumbo

Gumbo


We were eating lunch with some of the workers, who said they paid for it too (i.e. they didn't eat free). We got a salad, some gumbo, iced tea, and some bread pudding for our $8.
Red Baron

Red Baron

Emeril

Emeril


Den 1

Den 1


Den 7

Den 7


I went to the ladies room on the way back and that got me a peek at another room in the warehouse.large_2146633-Inside_Mardi_Gras_World_Algiers.jpg
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Then we walked back to the ferry dock,
One of Blaine Kern's monsters

One of Blaine Kern's monsters

Why is a horse on the roof?

Why is a horse on the roof?


Looking into an outlying warehouse

Looking into an outlying warehouse

large_2940889-Off_Season_Mardi_Gras_New_Orleans.jpgOutlying warehouse

Outlying warehouse

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stopping briefly in the voodoo museum gift shop.
Voodoo Museum

Voodoo Museum


We decided not to take the shuttle back to the ferry, but to walk, and we did go in here. They sell "Evil Away Uglies", but we didn't buy any. I read that descendents of Marie Laveau held meetings to learn her mysterious practices here and that tours/readings also available. We didn't wait for the van to pick us up - we just walked back to the ferry dock. It isn't far.
Display of items for sale in the Voodoo Museum

Display of items for sale in the Voodoo Museum


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Double shotgun house in Algiers

Double shotgun house in Algiers

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I took pictures of some camelback houses and some other houses in the Algiers Point Historic District (1719).
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Then we climbed up onto the levee to walk the rest of the way.
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large_2146722-Historic_Old_Algiers_Point_Algiers.jpgLooking down into the town

Looking down into the town


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large_742906322147146-Historic_Dis..ee_Algiers.jpglarge_2146723-Historic_Old_Algiers_Point_Algiers.jpglarge_2147116-Walking_on_the_Levee_Algiers.jpgLooking across to NOLA

Looking across to NOLA

Industrial plant on the river

Industrial plant on the river


Levee back toward the Crescent City Connection

Levee back toward the Crescent City Connection


The lamp posts on the levee were all named and dedicated to someone.
Informational Lamp Post

Informational Lamp Post


Bob ahead of me on the levee

Bob ahead of me on the levee

Statue of Satchmo

Statue of Satchmo

Looking toward terminal

Looking toward terminal

From ferry terminal looking towards NO

From ferry terminal looking towards NO


Then we took the ferry back to New Orleans
Cars waiting to load

Cars waiting to load

Ferry coming into the dock

Ferry coming into the dock

Bicyclist comes on board

Bicyclist comes on board

Cars on the ferry

Cars on the ferry


Ferry window and freighter

Ferry window and freighter

Boat in drydock - bridge in back

Boat in drydock - bridge in back


Plaza de Espania in the evening

Plaza de Espania in the evening


I wanted to see the inside of the Cathedral (the outside has been remodeled and is more modern) and then shop, but my back hurt, so we returned to the hotel (I did not go to the Messiah, but I did go up and take some pictures of the facade of the Orpheum Theatre).
Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre


Baronne Street

Baronne Street


Bob went to McDonalds to get hamburgers for himself, and I ate my General Tso's chicken leftovers. Then we packed.

This week has been a little more expensive than the week in Duck because we had to pay for transportation (like the airplane which was $194 RT), but it was only $10/day over the target of $157/day.

Next: Driving to New Iberia via Morgan City

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