St. Ignatius of Loyola.

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish Basque priest who founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He developed a simple set of meditations and prayers called the Spiritual Exercises to help those in religious retreats to recognize the will of God in their lives. Ignatius of Loyola was made a saint in 1622 and is regarded as patron saint of soldiers. This statue of him is on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans.

Puch Maxi grabs an ice-cold Dixie.


Dixie Brewing Company was founded in New Orleans in 1907 by Valentine Merz, a former president of Jackson Brewing Company. At one time, Dixie Beer was the number 1 beer in New Orleans. It survived prohibition, regional competitors, nationally-produced beer, and even Hurricane Katrina. Dixie is still a recognizable brand today. It’s as much a part of the local culture as po’ boys, red beans and rice, and boiled crawfish. In fact, NFL Saints owner Tom Benson recently purchased majority share in the company to fully revive the 110-year-old name. Puch Maxi drinks to that!

Puch Maxi at Carrollton Cemetery No. 1

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Founded in 1849, Carrollton Cemetery No. 1 (originally established by the town of Carrollton) is one of seven cemeteries now owned by the City of New Orleans. It contains a small wall vault and a few temple tombs within an urban grid of main streets, side alleys, and space between tombs. It’s not really in the best shape but you can find names and dates of notable families who impacted the town. As you may expect, the cemetery was racially segregated in its early years, with visible differences between sections.

Puch Maxi meets Dr. Alton Ochsner


This statue recognizes the lasting legacy of Dr. Alton Ochsner. He was a surgeon and medical researcher who came to New Orleans to chair the Department of Surgery at Tulane. A pioneer in thoracic surgery, he trained numerous surgeons including famed heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey. In 1942, he along with four other physicians opened The Ochsner Clinic—which has become Ochsner Health System. Dr. Ochsner was among the first to recognize the association between cigarette use and lung cancer.

Puch Maxi finds the Roman Candy Cart.

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The Roman candy cart has been roaming the streets of New Orleans since 1915. From it is sold sticks of hand-pulled and wrapped chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry taffy. I recall buying the candy as far back as the early 1970s–when it was something like 5 cents. Today, each stick sells for $1. The candy is very chewy–it really sticks to your teeth! Most times the cart is being pulled by a mule…aka, the company chauffeur. Once the mule learns the route well enough, the animal actually does the navigating through the streets of New Orleans. But finding the cart can be a challenge–so when I saw it, I took the Puch Maxi for a look.