Puch Maxi at the Eiffel Tower (sort of).

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In 1981, French engineers noted the Eiffel Tower, originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair, was sagging. Seems the Restaurant de La Tour Eiffel placed there in 1937 (562 feet above Paris) was weighing down the structure. So the restaurant was taken apart, piece by piece, and stored—then replaced with a smaller, lighter restaurant. Several years later, a New Orleans businessman with a French chef purchased the 11,062 pieces for $1.5 million and rebuilt the restaurant at 2040 St. Charles Avenue. Although the Tour d’Eiffel Restaurant eventually closed and the building has gone through subsequent restaurants and nightclubs, it is still architecturally remarkable. Have you ridden your Puch to the Eiffel Tower?

They all ask’d for you.

zoo

Audubon Zoo, home to 2,000 animals, honors artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821. Although this marker is located on St. Charles Avenue—at the entrance to Audubon Park—the true entrance to Audubon Zoo is on the Mississippi River side of Magazine Street. But taking the Puch Maxi through the park is a “no-no” since motorized vehicles are not allowed.

Samuel Loewenberg Arch.

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This is a rather unassuming tribute to Samuel Loewenberg, Treasurer of Touro Synagogue in 1881. Seems he was one of the prominent leaders of the Jewish community in New Orleans in the mid-19th century. The structure, with a non-functioning horse trough and water fountain (now a planter with flowers), is located at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and S. Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. Good thing my 2 horsepower Puch Maxi wasn’t thirsty.