MississippiApril 19, 2017 in the United States
Das musste natürlich sein
Das musste natürlich sein
Sleep in, part 2 or the grocery shop then down to the French Quarter to find the Louisiana Visitor Centre in Jackson Square.
New Orleans in winter is a case of don’t let the sunny blue skies and the palm trees fool ya - it’s not tropical or even sub-tropical - it is still very, very, cold. Not as cold as Memphis but the whole east side of the US is experiencing record lows during this big freeze.
Love the architecture and atmosphere of the french quarter - it is everything I was hoping it would be. Expectations and preconceptions are a hard thing. New Orleans is so well known through books and movies that it is hard not to build a mental image of how you think it will look and feel - day 1 and the town is living up to expectations.
We ambled along the narrow streets soaking up the atmosphere, gazing in windows and listening to the various artists busking in the streets.
Stocked up on information from the visitor centre we wandered back for an early dinner and early bedtime.Read more
Sonntagabend bin ich in New Orleans angekommen. Das Hostel ist so schnuckelig, dass es einen eigenen Beitrag verdient. Kommt also später.
Am ersten Tag ging es mitten rein ins Herz New Orleans, das French Quarter - und was soll ich sagen? Wow! Es ist so anders zu allem was ich bisher in den USA gesehen habe. Die Häuser sind genauso wie ich es mir vorgestellt habe: Südstaatenmäßig! Überall wird Musik gespielt und die Leute sind freundlich und grüßen dich (gut, manche davon sind auch Obdachlose, die sich für ihre Freundlichkeit ein bisschen Kleingeld erhoffen, aber immerhin...)
Hab mich dann noch mit Gal zum Mittagessen getroffen (für mich gab es Gumbo: eine Art Eintopf mit Reis, Hühnchen, Gemüse, Wurst und vor allem
vielen Gewürzen) und im Anschluss haben wir eine free walking tour durchs French Quarter gemacht. Sehr interessant, weil die eben viel zur Geschichte erzählt hat. Napoleon hat Louisiana zum Beispiel von den Spaniern zurückerobert, nur um es dann 20 Tage später für um die 40 Millionen an die USA zu verkaufen... Ganz schönes Geschäft gemacht der Herr Bonaparte!
Nach der Tour haben wir noch ein Bier getrunken und ich bin dann zurück ins Hostel und hab den Abend mit anderen Hostelbewohnern verbrachtRead more
New Awlins was a good stop. Jenn and I visited 20 years ago and were not in love. This time, we liked it much better, but as a city to live in, I am still not impressed. It is the dirtiest city I have seen, next to Philadelphia. I don't mean the run down looking buildings, I mean actual trash and buildings in major disrepair. Even before Katrina. That being said, it was still worth the visit.
Pro tip: do not say Nawlins or New Or-leans. You will brand yourself as a tourist. The locals say New Awlins. Also called Da City.
Yes, there is quite a bit of character and beauty in New Orleans. The colors of the city are amazing. We skipped the scumville that is Bourbon Street and walked the more interesting parts of the French Quarter. Jenn really wanted some beignets from Café Du Monde. What is a beignet? It is a deep fried pastry. The café calls it a French doughnut, but I thought it was more like fried dough (elephant ears to those of you from the Midwest). They were good, but heavy.
A huge part of what makes New Orleans unique is the waterfront, so we started there. After that we walked through an open air market and hit some shops. Quinn loved the voodoo shop. The one we went to has only two locations: New Orleans and Salem, MA. Creepy.
I had to hit the hot sauce shop. Among others, I tried three REALLY hot ones. Only a couple of years ago, two of them were in the top 10 hottest sauces of them all. Yes, they hurt. But two of the three also tasted good. In the fast paced world of hot sauces, you don't stay at the top for long. Someone is always creating a hotter sauce. They had some sauces that you had to sign a waiver before trying them. I love hot, but those were not for me!
Just as we were leaving, a thunderstorm rolled in. It was a major downpour and the thunder and lightning was awesome! We don't get thunder and lightning in the Bay Area (two or three baby rumbles once or twice a year does not count).
New Orleans was fun. There is still a lot of repair from Katrina and in places I think they are trying to revitalize. I would like to come back in 10 years or so to see the difference.Read more
Lots of wondering and exploring! Too fun!
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