“Where you from?”

My answer was, “I’m from upriver.”

“Well, you don’t sound like you’re from Memphis, so it must be St. Louis.”

When I told the New Orleans bellman that he was exactly right, a conversation started about the natural link between our two French cities. We discussed the similarity and differences.

There are quite a few identical place names, with both having the all-important Julia Street on their maps.

On my way to a very early call yesterday, I noticed the St. Charles Streetcar heading my way as I was trying to cross Carondelet.

Residents of either city know that the names may be the same but nobody will mistake one for the other.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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