City Park – New Orleans LA

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When we tried to visit City Park in 2013, it was raining cats and dogs, but today the sun was shining.  We loaded up our bikes and set out early, before it got too hot. Five hours later, happy and exhausted, we called it quits and headed for home.

Established in 1854, 1300-acre City Park offers miles of hiking/biking trails, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the Botanical Garden, the world’s largest stand of Live Oaks, and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park – truly something for everyone.

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“Diana” by Augustus Saint-Guadens

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It’s also home to the outstanding New Orleans Museum of Art, which provided a cool respite after our visit to the Sculpture Garden. (Margaret, put this on your “to do” list when the 95th is in New Orleans next fall!)

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I was particularly taken by this piece, “Far Away Thoughts” by British artist John William Godward (1861–1922)

.On our way back to the truck, we decided to take a quick look at the Botanical Gardens – WOW – It became the highlight of the day for me!

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Well designed and  filled with beautiful, well-tended plantings,  it showcases 14 works by Mexican-American artist Enrique Alfred (1901 – 1999). When he was 12, he ran into Pancho Villa’s army, and was given the choice to join them or die.  He stayed with them for 10 years before coming to the US to study sculpture in Chicago. In 1929 he moved to New Orleans and initially was employed by the WPA to create sculptures and bridge adornments for City Park.

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We stopped at a seafood shop on the way home and bought some redfish to cook on the grill.  Russ was a happy camper, and cooker!

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