Apparently Soul is Waterproof

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Had a great time in New Orleans, what a beautiful city! A lot of work still needs to be done in the east of the city to recover from hurricane Katrina but the city centre and a lot of the tourist areas were not badly affected and have been restored already. Everywhere I went people asked me to tell anyone I knew that the city was ready for the tourists to come back and really needs them - in the last year there have been almost half as many visitors as in previous years.

So...if anyone is thinking of going to New Orleans but has been holding off because of Katrina - you don't need to, just go! One of the marketing posters I saw said that "Soul is Waterproof" - it appealed to my sense of humour and seems to be true! The only negative thing I have to say is that it was too hot and humid - at least 30 degrees every day and very very tiring, but that's probably not really a very good complaint!

On Saturday after finding my way from the Greyhound station and settling in to my bunk (a much quieter hostel and room than the one in Miami Beach!) I jumped on the streetcar and went for a wander downtown and through the riverwalk and French Quarters areas then I grabbed a McDonalds and went for an early night!

There are lots of different attractions but I decided to do a tour of the French Quarters on Sunday after I'd been to see a 3D film at the Imax about a section of "Wild Ocean" off the coast of South Africa - very entertaining and makes you duck a coupe of times when the fish seem to swim right at you!! The tour was very informative about the history of New Orleans and the French Quarters in particular - loads of which I probably won't remember but enjoyed at the time! I also learned not to lean against the walls because it erodes them - apparently they are very protective about their walls! 

On Monday I went further into the Garden District just along the road from the hostel and went on another tour (it started from a bookshop and I couldn't stop myself from buying a book - I miss reading books but don't want to be lugging loads of them around with me! Especially as my luggage is already heavy enough!!).  This tour was also very interesting and took in Lafayette Cemetery and some of the amazing houses in that area, including Ann Rice's old house, Sandra Bullock's new one and the one used for filming in Benjamin Button.

Tuesday was my last day and I went to see some of the sights that I'd missed out - the Louisianna Superdome (absolutely massive!), Lafayette Park and a few other places then went to read my book for a while in Jackson Square - not a bad day! Then I got an early night for my early morning airport pickup for the flight to Washington DC - 435am!! Forgot to factor in the transfer and checkin time when I booked an early flight!! Lesson learned for the future though!

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