The Crescent Palms Motel
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... industrial shipping depots and huge cargo ships on our route down the mighty river. In places, we learned, the river is 200ft deep, making it ideal as a shipping river. It is also possible to use the tributaries and man-made canals along the river to sail all the way to Florida or Texas. The captain once again spoke in the Louisiana accent twang we found difficult to translate, but we enjoyed guessing at what he might have said!
After a lie in we ventured into the French quarters for some food. I tried a po-boy which is a New Orleans sandwich basically soaked in gravy. This went down a treat and I felt much more alive after! We then walked down to the voodoo museum where we were taking part in a voodoo tour. It was very interesting though not what I had expected at all. I thought voodoo was all spooky and dark ...
... on the corner below us and it was just so perfect.
Played a quick round of golf at a private club, English Turn. I remembered playing this course back in the late 90's, a great layout Jack Nicklaus design. Neither one of us played stellar, but we enjoyed being on the course again. Sorry, no scores were recorded, we each had a few 'do-overs just to make it fun'.
Chalmette National Cemetery ...
... and New Orleans still shows the scars of the damage.
It wasn't the hurricane that actually caused such devastation, even though it was packing winds of 280Kph. The collapsing of the levee system protecting the city from the Mississippi River was catastrophic. Some parts of the city were under 6m of water at its peak, resulting in the loss of almost 2000 lives (apparently in excess of 50,000 animals also perished).
Mark, our ever so ...
... on one parade day. On parade day morning, the Krewe of Carrollton and families are to meet at 7 am the New Orleans House of Blues for breakfast (Screwdrivers and Bloody Mary’s included). There’s been heavy overnight rain, but it seems to be brightening up as we walk from our hotel to the House of Blues. As breakfast starts, so does the rain, but by the time we set out for the walking parade (loaded down with beads) from the bar through the French Quarter and back ...