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The New Orleans Holocaust Memorial, situated on the bank of the Mississippi River in Woldenberg Park, stands in honor of the more than six million Jewish victims of the Nazis during the Holocaust. The memorial sculpture consists of nine colorful panels, each painted with a different image. When the sculpture is viewed from different angles around the memorial, the panels appear to come together to create ten distinct images. Israeli artist Yaacov Agam created the memorial sculpture. The New Orleans Holocaust Memorial was dedicated in June 2003.
W.I.N.O., also known as the Wine Institute of New Orleans, offers patrons the opportunity to develop their palates and savor each sip. Classes like "Intro to Wine," "Treasures of the Loire Valley," and "Food and Wine Pairing" provide educational opportunities for wine lovers at every skill level. A state-of-the-art wine serving system behind the bar allows W.I.N.O. to serve samples by the ounce, half glass, or full glass from 80 different bottles at various price levels. Between sips, check out W.I.N.O.'s full wine and liquor store. With more than 300 labels in stock, you're sure to find a bottle to take home.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park consists of six sites in and around New Orleans. The park honors Cajun culture in general and Jean Lafitte in particular. Lafitte was a notorious pirate and smuggler, who came to the aid of General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. The visitor center has historic walking tours of the French Quarter and is a great starting place for information regarding the other sites around New Orleans.
Natchez Steamboat features full-service catering from the on-board galley and is docked at the back of JAX Brewery. This three-decked stern-wheeler offers two cruises daily with narration by a professional guide. For your dining and listening pleasure, there is a cocktail bar, live jazz and an optional Creole buffet. Dinner prices are not included in the cost of admission. Children under three ride free. Reservations are required, so call to confirm schedule and prices.
Lafayette Square is a public park that welcomes one and all. Designed by Charles Laveau Trudeau, it is renowned for the marvelous art work and sculptures installed here, such as statues of Henry Clay and Benjamin Franklin. Owing to its proximity to the government offices like USGSA Public Building Services, US Appeals Court, National Labor Relations and Federal Reserve Bank, it is packed with office workers during lunchtime. Lafayette Square also hosts concerts on a regularly that includes the popular Wednesday at the Square and Harvest the Music concert series.
Royal Street is one of the oldest streets in the city, well known for its businesses that deal in antiques and artwork from all over the world. This impressive street is surrounded by French and Spanish colonial architecture on all sides and emanates a distinct old-worldly look. The shops dotting this street are filled with consumers having an eye for quality, authenticity and detail. The quality of merchandise is unmatched and sometimes, just talking to the shop owners can be an educative experience. Make this street your next shopping destination for all that is antique and unique.
The Catholic community in New Orleans was well established and consisted of the French-speaking Creoles. This community did not welcome the new Irish immigrants who were also Catholic with open arms. The need for a Irish Catholic Church was addressed by St. Patrick's Catholic Church which was built in 1833. The Gothic church has beautiful interiors with crisscrossing arched ceiling, stained glass windows and beautiful murals. Visit this sanctity to offer your prayers or simply enjoy the tranquil surroundings of this place.
Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, has been around since the 1700's when it was originally known as the Place d'Armes. The center of the park showcases a large statue of Andrew Jackson. The square is surrounded by historic buildings including the St. Louis Cathedral, which is a minor Basilica. The old city hall in the square is where the ultimate version of the Louisiana Purchase was signed. The square was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.