New Orleans

Trip Start Jul 07, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

It took 25 hours of none stop travelling to get here but we've done it and finally after speaking to our families and Egg, a big pot of gumbo and a couple of beers we can finally relax!

A few days on and we've got over the jet lag, havent done much here other than wander the French Quarter purely because in the 100 degree heat with 75% humidity it's way too hot and sweaty to do anything. Had a tour of the city with Clare in her nice air conditioned car, she took us along St Charles where the famous street car used to run (hasn't since Katrina) and Mardi Gras starts its parade, so there are Mardi Gras beads everywhere that noone bothers to take down. She also took us up to the areas worst hit by Katrina, loads of the houses are still borded up with the spray paint signs to say how many bodies were found there and loads of people are still living in caravans outside their homes even 2 years on.
We did the tourist thing last night, went to Pat O'Briens for a Hurricane (cocktail) that they've been serving since 1933 or something and sat next to the water and fire fountain thing. We went to a carousel bar but it made us feel sick and we were talking to a nutter so downed our drinks and got off, wandered up to Bourbon and stumbled upon the Absinthe bar, then bought hand grenades from the Tropical Isle place for the journey to the next bar but got talking to some locals who pointed out how strong they were but we downed them anyway and went for a Paulaner with them (after having to pose for some Frat boys who wanted their pictures taken with the 'English people' (freaks)) before going down for coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde at 3am, after our hand grenades we couldnt quite manage the 5am that Charlie's Mum said was appropriate for this tradition.
 After the coffee we summond the strength for a final round at Jean Lafittes Blacksmith Shop which is sort of our local here and has been around forever and is something to do with the Battle of New Orleans. Dont know what time we got back to the hotel but surprisingly we dont have hangovers.

Did the same thing on our last night pretty much, or planned to and ended meeting some complete nutters and Guardian Angels so chatted to them all night. The Guradian Angels are the volenteers who have been looking after people in the city since Katrina. Then we started chatting with an ex con who was a bit scary but we survived and he didnt steel any of our stuff!! The next morning Clare was picking us up for the long drive to Houston.
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