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Vieux Carre Historic District

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  • Day63

    Day 63 - The Day After The Night Before

    November 9, 2016 in the United States

    So it wasn't a dream! Why can't life be as predictable as lazy story writing.

    We had breakfast which was luxuriously rich waffles and bananas soaking in syrup. The B&B we were staying in was incredibly welcoming and we were free to pop into the dining room and take any snacks we fancied. The owners were both generous and warm and it didn't feel appropriate to bring up politics over breakfast. Although Louisiana is traditionally Republican, the cities and New Orleans in particular are primarily Democrats. We just mentioned we stayed up late watching the election and as the response was fairly muted we left it at that. We were feeling perky after all that sugar and caffeine for breakfast and we were now ready to hit New Orleans.

    We took a taxi to the Riverwalk and the driver was so friendly and funny Alice and I were laughing all the way in. A big tip for him! We started the day with a bit of shopping, but as per usual turned out to be mainly window shopping. We walked a short distance and found ourselves in the French Quarter. The architecture is striking and is a mix of Hispanic, French and Caribbean influences from a variety of periods. Like so many other areas we have visited, the trees and other foliage add another layer of detail. Whether it has been the Spanish Moss in Savannah, the huge Redwoods of the West Coast, the bare and haunting trees of Yosemite or the multitude of colours of the New England fall, the variety in tree types has been of particular note. In New Orleans, the surrounding swampy marshes and tropical trees (not sure what they are called) ensure that nature has stamped it's identity on this area just as much as the various cultures have.

    We walked down the main 'party' drag, Bourbon Street, and it reminded Alice and I of those Mediterranean resorts for Brits and other Europeans looking for a fun time. People are trying to get you to go into their bar with happy hours and other alcoholic offers. We hadn't even had lunch! So it was time to get some food. We ate at Oceana which is a seafood restaurant in the mould of Bubba Gump Shrimp. Not sure which came first, but they both provide shrimp and fish in various brand friendly formulas. It was very nice and just as important, healthy.

    My birthday was the next day and as we were driving the day after that, we thought it wise to celebrate the night before so we had a whole day to recover. This turned out to be a wise decision! We popped to the B&B and relaxed for a bit and then headed out for an evening in New Orleans. We started at a restaurant that was recommended to us by the B&B owner, Mr Bs (the name of the restaurant by the way). We were advised to go with the barbecue shrimp that would change our world. I had to go with it. To say that it changed my world would be an exaggeration, however, it was close to changing my world. The sauce was buttery smooth with the right heat and not too rich. There was also ample bread to mop up this wonderful sauce. Alice had fish, rice and beans that she really enjoyed. Sitting next to us were two guys who it turned out were surgeons and they were friendly and chatty. We started talking about our travels and then politics came up. They were surprised that we had heard about the finer details of their election which only added to their admitted embarrassment. As the conversation moved to UK politics, there was enough embarassment to go around. One of them also noticed that our waitress had accidentally delayed Alice's and my dinner which we weren't fussed about. However he mentioned to the waitress that we should get a free dessert for that. And we did! Alice and I didn't expect anything from the waitress and it was nice of the guy to even mention it. Dinner was a fantastic suggestion and experience.

    Next came the drinking. We started at Pat O'Brien's which is a bar famous for creating a cocktail called Hurricane. It has lots of different types of alcohol, it is very sweet and everybody in the bar seemed to be drinking it. We were in the garden area and glasses of red liquid were on every table. The generosity of people continued as a table near us had ordered an extra one by mistake and gave it to Alice and I. We ended up sinking five of these before leaving. Walking down Bourbon Street at night was a totally different experience to the day. It was busy, bright and in the spirit of the moment Alice and I got daiquiri's to walk down the street with. We then decided it was time for a dance and we passed plenty of bars and went to the one with the music we liked with enough people inside. We stayed here all night. A day and night to remember (alcohol permitting!).

    Song of the Day:
    R.E.M. - It's the End of the World as We Know It - And I Feel Fine
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  • Day28

    New Orleans, Bourbonstreet and close by

    December 6, 2017 in the United States

    Rotlichtviertel mit Striplokalen, Musik und grellen Reklamen überall an der Bourbonstreet, wie auch wunderschöne Häuschen, Kunstateliers, Antiquitätengeschäfte etc.
    Heute war es 7Grad mit einem eisigem Wind. Zum Glück haben wir vorsorglich Handschuhe, Mützen und Fusswärmer gekauft. Wir dachten, wir brauchen diese Sachen erst am Grand Canyon....
    Das Wetter ist nun ein bisschen freundlicher mit 9 Grad und Sonne. Als wir gestern ins Schmetterlings- und Insektenhaus wollten bei 5 Grad und Regen, hatten die doch geschlossen... Wegen schlechtem Wetter.... Ähm, what?? Es ist drinnen!! Naja, gingen wir heute.
    Am 10.12 gehts weiter nach Natchez.
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  • Day116

    Marie Laveaus house of voodoo

    April 23, 2015 in the United States

    Det var en veldig tydelig turist vennlig butikk, men overtroiske meg ble allikevel nervøs av å gå inn der. det var ikke lov å ta bilder der inne, men de hadde både krokodillehoder og slangeskinn på veggene, alt mellom himmel og jord som skulle hjelpe mot... alt mellom himmel og jord! de hadde til og med et voodoo alter hvor de sendte gaver til Marie Laveaus.
    jeg ble for det meste bare stående å glo, men bestemte meg for at min New Orlenes suvenirer skulle bli Tarot kort. så jeg kjøpte meg en, selv om jeg følte meg som den største turisten i verden da jeg gjorde det.Read more

  • Day1

    Wandering the French Quarter

    December 9, 2017 in the United States

    Lovely day today wandering the French Quarter. After a lazy morning, fueled up on tasty Bloody Marys from my new friend Rachel, the bartender, and scrumptious Shrimp and Grits. YUM! Had so much fun exploring the art and flavor of the city, got to see a paddleboat on the Mississippi (totally thinking about Mark Twain at the time) and popped into Harrah's to have some fun for a while. The Walking Dead paintings I saw evidently were good luck for me, as the Walking Dead slot machine that I played as a last stop before leaving...well...paid for my trip.Read more

  • Day166

    A Down Day

    January 8 in the United States

    Following relatively heavy rain last night showers continued into the morning so we took advantage of the less than promising conditions outside to have a bit of a sleep in, a slow breakfast and a restful morning. We ventured out as the morning showers lifted towards mid-day, had a light lunch and continued our meanderings of the French Quarter along some of the side streets we had yet to explore. It still fairly wet underfoot.
    We returned home to catch up on some domestic duties, ie. washing, before we head off again in two days time.
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  • Day70

    New Orleans, United States

    March 14, 2016 in the United States

    Had a mufuletta at Central Grocery for brunch and an All That Jazz po-boy at Verte Marte for lunch. Enjoyed the jazz at Musical Legends Park.
    Went inside St Louis Cathedral. Listened to music and looked at art in Jackson Square. Shopped at the French Market. Walked and walked and walked.
    http://www.neworleanscvb.com/visit/neighborhoods/french-quarter/
    We spent an amazing day exploring the French Quarter. How can I describe it... Crowded, beautiful, old, restored, decaying, historic, fragrant, delicious, fascinating......Read more

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