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.
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 St. Louis 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.
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.
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!