New Orleans Day 3

Ghosts, Spirits and History

Today is the last full day in New Orleans. After a hearty meal we had planned to drive today to the places we wanted to see. First stop, Mardi Gras World!

We got to see the floats that were used in this years Mardi Gras. Wow, wow, wow!! They are huge!! We got a brief history on how they came to be and they have been around for a very long time. The art work that goes into each piece is priceless. They have actually started the process of the new ones already for next year. All the “krews” have to wear masks as it is tradition for them to throw gifts to the people in the street. Beads, cups etc. and your not allowed to see the persons face. Very cute! It costs Millions of Dollars for all these gifts. It is called Fat Tuesday and by Ash Wednesday it is all over and Mardi Gras is done for the year. The floats have electricity and a toilet on board as you can be on it for over 8 hours a time… that could prove a bit of a problem otherwise.

We had a good giggle taking photos with the cut out figures amongst the massive figures of the floats. Boats, famous people, kiddies animated caricatures and things that go bump in the night to scare you to death.

2nd Trip – St Louis Cemetery 3. All the tombs are above ground because of the table… New Orleans is a swamp you know!

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We were looking at all the old grave stones but a lot of them were badly damaged from Katina and the water level in the one building was still very clear and it was high up on the walls. Louise Glenton had asked me to go take a look at her family tomb that is buried there. It didn’t take long and we found it. The cemetery is very impressive and beautiful.

I had run out clothes and my shorts broke so we had to get some new ones for me to wear. This was a brief trip to the shops and then we came back to Masiuon Perrier to drop off the family and then Andre and I went on a Ghost tour of the city.

Well what a history lesson ! The French Quarter dates back to 1721 and has a very violent past. The French Quarter was built first and it burnt to the ground. It was re built by the Spanish in and that burnt to the ground too. The great fire was in 1788 and 1794.  During that time there were over 50 murders a night every night, yellow fever out break and the bodies were just left in the street.  The oldest building is the Old Ursuline convent which is now converted into a hotel and is considered the most haunted hotel in New Orleans. The kids of yester year still run around on the top floor,  playing pranks. There is a a civil war soldier there too that has been seen. Jackson square was the centre of it all with the town executions, hangings and torture. They would break all your limbs and cut off your feet and hands and leave you to die on a stake. The locals would take bets as to how long it would take for you to die.

Then there is a more recent horror story about Zack & Addy. He dismembered her and cooked her up before killing himself. So along with the ghosts, horror, voodoo and spells, there is so much more to offer and we just didn’t have enough time to see it all. I would so much like to go back there again.

On leaving Maison Perrier we left them with a small token from SA. Thanks to Kollie for the Mandela coins, they loved it!

We are leaving for Memphis in the morning to go to see the “King”, this is gonna be like ” I can’t help falling in love”

New Orleans Day 2

Hello Yal!!!

Well, wow!!! New Orleans is something to behold!

We started the day with a wonderful breakfast at Masion Parrier and got a taxi into town. First stop the Natchez Mississippi steam boat. Young and old, you are impressed with the flutes, the engine room and the paddle at the back of the boat. After looking around you begin to see the long line of  “ladies” that had preceded her, dating back to the 1800. This majestic wonder took us up and down the Mississippi and both Dad and Andre were in awe!

Our walk into Bourbon street was less impressive as it was dull. Andre &I decided that we need to come back later. Our walk around the sights of Jackson Square with the Jazz band playing was great. Everyone is friendly and eager to help you. We stopped for lunch at Napoleon’s which is a historic landmark. It is said that it’s name comes from the fact that the owner offered the house to Napoleon during his exile but he never took him up on the offer. We did a bit of walking in the French Quarter & then stopped for coffee and the others had some sort of sweet pastry. Not my thing at all 🙁  Christoper fell asleep and we decided to take the scenic route back. We hopped onto the tram and then the street car back home. We decided that we would split up as Andre and I wanted to go back to Bourbon street.

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Bourbon street… Later… so much better, the road was alive with activity. People, strip bars, bands and much more to entice you into their pub. We went to a few and ended up having Hurricanes at Pat O Briens, well it knocks you off your feet. The mix of drunks, beggers, preachers and the rest of us… it was fantastic!

Hard Rock was fantastic, we got a few gifts while we were there too. We got a KISS t shirt for Gerda as it is her favorite band. Pat O Brien for 2 hurricane’s and they gave you a big smack on the head. The bar ceiling was covered in German traditional Beer mugs. The story is that they were bought to the pub during the 1940’s. Some of them were very beautiful. Getting our glass from the drink packed up we were on the road again.  We had a good laugh seeing all the strangely dressed people in the street. We had a nice long chat to the guys with the horse and carriage and decided it was time to come home as we were a tad drunk, he he.

Called a taxi and came home. Tomorrow we are going to see where the Mardi Grais is put together and the cemetery’s… voo doo and ghosts Woooooooo

New Orleans Day 1

Waking up this morning and realising that we are on our way to New Orleans was a dream come true for both me and Andre. The trip was going to be long drive but we were both looking forward to it. Car was packed and ready to go and before we knew it… we were on the road.

Traffic was  a bit hectic but not too bad, stopping midway to fuel and have a disgusting burger at Wendy’s was not the highlight of our trip in. However, things changed quickly. The motorway is built on a swamp and it is an impressive sight to see. Long roads on concrete stands over the water, well I have never seen such a structure.

Once we got to the Mississippi river and the bridge, it was a super fantastic structure, it just took your breath away! This was in Baton Rouge. Coming into to New Orleans I have to say that I felt quite sad about what had happened here a few years back and the fact that they are still trying to rebuild the city. Lots of development and repairs happening.

This place is so steeped with history and I am bursting at the seams to learn about what she has to offer.  The River, the cemetery’s, the French quarter, the Voodoo and haunted history. How are we going to cram it all in???

Then there is Bourbon street… 🙂

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Well time to sleep, tomorrow we start with the Mississippi steam boat trip…

New Orleans

It is going to be so interesting to go through all the places that were devasted by Hurricane a few years ago … see the progress … the growth … listen to The Blue’s and enjoy the vibe!