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French Quarter and Alligator Tour

Today I set out to explore by myself with no real plan but to see the French Quarter.

Here is a summary of what I ended up doing:

The French Quarter is 13 blocks x 6 blocks (Canal street ,N Rampart, Esplanade & Decatur) It is known as Vieux Carre is the city's oldest neighbourhood and cultural epicentre.

It is filled with colorful architecture & bright home as the paint came from Caribbean & homes there were painted bright colours.

The streets are lined with 2 storied high balconies

Balcony goes out 1/3 over the footpath and gallery goes to street edge

Mardi gras - Fat Tuesday is about catholics indulging before they start lent

Population of 400.000 up to 9.2 million duting mardi gras

Sounds of jazz come from restaurants into the streets

Visitor Centre is in Decatur & Ritz Carlton in Canal street where trams go

I booked a cycle Tour 10.30am – 12.30pm Booked at Visitor centre and $8 off 2nd tour

We rode around the French Quarter/Treme/Marigny, Cemetry

Treme -Louis Armstrong Park & Congo Square where slaves and free blacks gathered for meetings and drum circles

St Louis Cemetry #1 - an above ground burial

Many died of yellow fever because they went into a coma and were buried but never actually died.

This was discovered when some coffins floated up & when opened scratch matrks were discovered on the inside of the coffin

After that they tied a piece of string to their hand & attached to a bell outside the tomb so that someone knew they had not died. This is where the term "saved by the bell " came from. The cemetery was manned by staff 24 hours aday & this is where the graveyard shift term came from

Swamp trip "Cajun encounters" was on Honey Island in Slidell bait an hour out of town

The passenger boats weave through back bayous of Honey Island swamp which is home to alligators, raccoons, wild boars, turtles, black bears, and exotic birds - saw everything but a bear

Pick up 1.15pm & back 6pm

Hurricane Katrina was 9 years ago – there are still empty & ruined shopping malls/hotels/theme parks & home that were pointed out as we drove out of town. 170,000 people never returned

I enjoyed the alligator experience going through the peaceful bayous and seeing the alligators come up to be fed marshmallows

Back in town had dinner at the great restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel where we had been taken to

New Orleans

New Orleans


Felt  back in Spain with Calle  instead of street

Felt back in Spain with Calle instead of street


Indian sculpture

Indian sculpture


St Louis church looks like a castle

St Louis church looks like a castle


Love these street signs

Love these street signs


Popped in here to try a beignet

Popped in here to try a beignet


Order board

Order board


The Mississippi

The Mississippi


Canons

Canons


Off on the cycle tour

Off on the cycle tour


High balconies

High balconies


Local homes

Local homes


Old smugglers bar

Old smugglers bar


Checking out the french quarter

Checking out the french quarter


Congo Park

Congo Park


St Louis Park

St Louis Park


The slaves drumming circle

The slaves drumming circle


The cemetery

The cemetery


Above ground graves

Above ground graves


Pyramid Nicolas Cage built for himself

Pyramid Nicolas Cage built for himself


Graves

Graves


Graves

Graves


Plaza

Plaza


My snack pack

My snack pack


Cafe du Monde

Cafe du Monde


Our alligator boats

Our alligator boats


Bridge over the bayou

Bridge over the bayou


Come here little alligator

Come here little alligator


Doing a jump for us

Doing a jump for us


Catch the marshmellow

Catch the marshmellow

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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