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Photo by: Gloria Cavallaro The fleur-di-lis, the symbol of New Orleans, can be found all over the city, evoking its French roots.

After settling in at the Mission, the Tour continued to the French Quarter for lunch at The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant. At the traditional New Orleans eatery, Po' Boys, Jambalaya and Etouffee filled the table. Also in New Orleans form, the waitress performed a rendition of an Aretha Franklin song, followed by a traditional gospel. "Her impromptu performance was spectular," said Gloria Cavallaro of Queens College. "She had genuine soul and I really enjoyed it." Following lunch, a tour conducted by the French Quarter Visitors Center included a brief history of the settlement of New Orleans. April, the tour guide, also discussed the architecture and cuisine of New Orleans as well as the preparation the city has made for the threat of future hurricanes.

Photo by: Gloria Cavallaro

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