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Lovin’ N’awlins, y’all

New Orleans has been a fun place to visit – lots of things to see and do, history to uncover and food to try!

Before leaving, we managed to squeeze in a trip to the famed City Park – a thousand acre park in the centre of the New Orleans. Just like the city, the park has lots of different parts to visit – including the amusement gardens, a botanic garden, the sculpture garden (behind the New Orleans Museum of Art) and a crazy golf course.

Walking around the lake in City Park

Walking around the lake in City Park

Some of the sculptures on display in the park. We spotted the same LOVE design by Robert Indiana in Philadelphia - and apparently there was one somewhere in New York too!

Some of the sculptures on display in the park. We spotted the same LOVE design by Robert Indiana in Philadelphia – and apparently there was one somewhere in New York too!

The winning shot...

The winning shot…

After a humiliating defeat to Dale on the crazy golf course (I did manage to get one hole-in-one!) we caught a bus back to the French Quarter to see StLouis Cemetery #1 – the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans, and the final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Legend has it, you make a wish and draw three Xs on her tomb and, if it is granted, you must come back, circle the Xs and leave a ‘gift’. As a result, her tomb is covered in offerings (although I’m not sure what a dead Voodoo priestess is supposed to do with lip gloss). Interestingly, Nicholas Cage has a tomb here too – although there aren’t any gifts left for him.

Marie Laveau's supposed tomb

Marie Laveau’s supposed tomb has seen better days

Dale taking a peek into one of the open tombs

Dale taking a peek into one of the open tombs

Another N’awlins must we managed to fit in was trying a Hurricane – a drink invented by Pat O’Briens to use up surplus rum and named after the Hurricane Lamp it is traditionally served in.

Considering neither of us particularly like rum, it was surprisingly tasty!

Considering neither of us particularly like rum, it was surprisingly tasty!

 

We feel like we did everything we wanted to and more in New Orleans – and it was a fantastic city to visit. Now the storms are rolling in, we’re ready to resume our travels and will be heading off on a six day road-trip to Las Vegas!

Just a few more of the sights around New Orleans; the streetcars on Canal Street, the Nachez ready to leave port on the Mississippi, beads that are thrown from floats into the crowds during Mardis Gras still hang from overhead cables and streetlamps, Bourbon Street at night, a sculpture placed in memory of hurricane Katrina

Just a few more of the sights around New Orleans; the streetcars on Canal Street, the Nachez ready to leave port on the Mississippi, beads that are thrown from floats into the crowds during Mardis Gras still hang from overhead cables and street lamps, Bourbon Street at night, a sculpture placed in memory of hurricane Katrina

 

Comments

  1. Errr…. is this a world tour or world food tour lol. I should not be reading this before I’ve eaten. If you’re going back to New York, head over to Junior’s in Brooklyn for the best cheesecake ever!

    Have a fab time and I may have some of my own news for you in four weeks time!

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