Sunday, September 18, 2011

Welcome to New Orleans - Van Tour

We are delighted to begin our Fall 2011 semester at the Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP) with 29 new and returning students!

Of these 29 students, 17 are full-LIEP students who take 20 hours per week of intensive English courses, and 12 are Pilot Program students who have been admitted to Loyola University New Orleans and who take two credit-bearing intensive English courses at LIEP and two academic courses at Loyola.

Our students are from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam.


On Wednesday, August 31, we introduced our LIEP students to New Orleans with an afternoon van tour of the city. Advanced LIEP student Luis Morales of Venezuela, an experienced amateur photographer, documented our tour with photos.

Please join us as we tour New Orleans by van!
All aboard!

 We drive up Saint Charles Avenue, passing Tulane University (next door to Loyola), the beautiful Audubon Park, and many lovely old New Orleans homes. Saint Charles Avenue is also served by historic streetcars.

At the Riverbend, where the Mississippi River makes a 90-degree turn, we also turn onto the shady oak-lined South Carrollton Avenue. We take a brief detour onto Oak Street to see its many restaurants and shops. Oak Street is within walking distance of Loyola's campus. Here are just three of the many places to eat on Oak Street.

Oak Steet Cafe - breakfast & lunch

Ninja - Japanesse

Cowbell - famous for burgers
Back on South Carrollton, we drive out to City Park, the largest park in the city and the site of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Then we drive along Bayou Saint John out to Lake Pontchartrain.

Bayou Saint John
Approaching Lake Pontchartrain
We drive along the vast lake, which is spanned by a 24-mile causeway, and then head toward the Central Business District and the French Quarter, taking Canal Street. Along Canal Street, we notice an expanse of above-ground cemeteries. The dead are buried above ground in New Orleans because of the high water table. Many of these houses of the dead are beautifully and elaborately decorated.

We drive into the French Quarter and stop for coffee and beignets (delicious square fried donuts topped with powdered sugar) at the famous Cafe du Monde, pausing to admire the view of Jackson Square and Saint Louis Cathedral from the Mississippi River levee.

Saint Louis Cathedral
Cafe du Monde
Finally, we return to campus along Freret Street, another street with interesting shops and restaurants, within walking distance of campus. Here are two places to eat on Freret Street.

Dat Dog - hot dogs and sausages of all kinds
Village Coffeehouse - soup, sandwiches, pastries
Soon we are back at Loyola, ready to embrace the fall semester in the wonderful city of New Orleans! Thank you to our van drivers, LIEP Instructors Karen Greenstone and Jess Haley. And a big thank-you to Luis Morales for these vivid photographs!
Luis Morales
Our next post will describe the visit of our Pilot class with author John Biguenet of Loyola's English Department. Two stories from Dr. Biguenet's short story collection, The Torturer's Apprentice, were chosen as this year's common reading for first-year students at Loyola. Our Pilot students read and discussed these stories in class and then had the wonderful opportunity of talking about the stories with Dr. Biguenet, their author.

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