is a Louisiana French term for a bonus or extra gift, often given by a merchant to a customer. Niels Belanger uses the term on page 80 of The Billionth Monkey
, and—for the benefit of those who have never been to the French Quarter or who, like me, always long to return there—I offer the following lagniappe: a "virtual tour" of the French Market and Dutch Alley using my research photos walking what was going to be Belanger’s escape route.
|The view of Café du Monde from Jackson Square, across Decatur Street.|
|A tray full of beignets ready to serve.|
|The Dutch Alley, out the other side of Café du Monde, showing the neighboring shops' palladium windows.|
|The bronze statue and fountain in Dutch Alley.|
|Stairs leading up to the French Market Lot.|
view of the long, narrow French Market Lot, whose length runs between the French Market (on the left) and|
Mississippi River (on the right) for the seven blocks between Jackson Square and Barracks
|The exit for the French Market lot onto Barracks Street.|
As you can see below, the editors’ joke about capitalization on page 82 is no urban legend. It’s absolutely true, and I have the photo to prove it!
The joke on page 82 for copy editors and grammar nazis is based on fact!
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