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... head on down to Bourbon St to see the madness for ourselves. We wander wide-eyed for awhile, there are a lot of drink outlets and a lot of drunks. No wonder tourists get robbed of their belongings when they get so drunk they are oblivious to what's going on around them! Every 2nd shop here sells slushy cocktails and they are dirt cheap! We end up grabbing some food and then check out Preservation Hall which Paul is very keen to go to. They have sold out all ...
... Gumbo. I had a seafood one, while Paul had chicken and sausage. Interesting but a tad spicy for my palette.
Canal Street was full of colourful horse drawn carriages and pedi-cycles all vying for space with cars and taxis. Maybe our bus decided it was too much so didn't come as per time table, but made us wait over an hour in the heat.
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... and houses some very old customers.
However, there was only one grave at St Louis No.1 that interested Sam. Marie Laveau, the infamous "Witch Queen of New Orleans". She ruled over a vast empire of voodoo worshippers in New Orleans until her death in 1881. Naturally, rumours still persist that she has somehow cheated death.
Her grave is surrounded by offerings left by all kinds ...
... built by then-governor Huey Long in 1932. Also on our tour was the original capitol building from the 1850s. Our final stop for the day was the U.S.S. Kidd, a WWII destroyer that was hit off of Okinawa by a kamikaze pilot in April 1945. It was completely restored in August, 1945, just as the war was coming to an end with the dropping of atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ...
... serendipity" event... about halfway along Royal Street we came across a jazz quintet set up unofficially in the middle of the road called "Doreen's Jazz New Orleans". We could have missed it as there were other mediocre unofficial groups, but this turned out to be the best jazz we have ever heard. It was led by Doreen Ketchens, a 30 something black woman on clarinet and vocals, with her husband Lawrence on sousaphone, a drummer and guitar picker, and a fantastic young man ...