New Orleans is full of art galleries, just as Grandmere Catherine says. Most galleries are owned by locals, and some even by the artists themselves. Many tourists buy pieces of artwork to take home with them as souvenirs.
Louisiana Creoles are those of mixed races. They are descendents of French settlers, African-Americans, and Native Americans. The word Creole comes from the Latin term "crear" which means "create". It was first used in reference to white French colonists who were native to the land and was later used to refer to slaves born in Louisiana. Now it is mainly used to refer to those of mixed races. This is a word that has evolved over time, and the way it is used in this novel is not necessarily accurate by today's definition.
Arnaud's is a New Orleans restaurant in the French Quarter on Bienville Street. The restaurant is named after and founded by Arnaud Cazenave in 1918. Inside the restaurant, patrons will find a small collection of Mardi Gras artifacts. Arnaud's continues to get rave reviews on its website.
Grandpere Jack's great, great-grandpere was shot to death on the Delta Queen. The Delta Queen was historically used to explore and cruise around the major rivers stemming from the Mississippi River. Recently the boat was docked in Chattanooga, TN where it was turned into a hotel.