Jen's last day

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Mar 09, 2011

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St. Vincent's Guest House New Orleans
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Sunday, March 6, 2011

So. This morning we rang to see whether Viv could pick up her car any earlier, but no. All the sensible locals are getting outta Dodge before Fat Tuesday and are taking all the hire cars with them.

We decided that we had a plan, and that was to walk up to the Riverfront and along the Mississippi to the French Quarter, walk down to Bourbon St and along Bourbon to Canal St.

The evening would be spent in Frenchman's St, where the good music apparently  is.

What an experience! We walked through the city to get to the river, where the streets were teeming  with people, music and the inevitable Parade. On the Riverfront we listened to some great music. I bought a CD from a band called Palace of Sin; we met a guy who is an opera singer and his little dog Blossom.

Stopped and talked with other people along the way to Bourbon Street; especially people with dogs. And buskers, and people making jewelery.
Bourbon St was mad - all the people on the balconies throwing loot, like from floats. Men in g-strings, Roman gladiators and their ladies, lots of kings and queens, people dressed in various fashions or costumes of purple, green and gold, or whatever the colors are of the Krewe they support.
Purple represents justice, green, faith and gold power.

People danced along the street carrying their drinks, catching beads, talking, singing. It was a happy party atmosphere and we LOVED it!

We ran into Roberto, who we'd met yesterday morning sitting out on the verandah at St V's in his pajamas and holding his head. He is an Italian tourist and was very pleased to see familiar faces. He told us he was collecting 'the pearl beads mainly'.

Just on dark we came to the end of Bourbon St, and hit the crowds trying to leave Downtown after the parade. It was really intense and we witnessed the first real agro in the whole trip. If I was ever in New Orleans for Mardi Gras again I would avoid the city centre and stick to St Charles Ave for parades & Bourbon St for partying.

What is normally a 30-40 minute walk home took us 2 hours and by the time we got home I'd had enough, so ate some gumbo, chatted with the Grill staff and went to our room to pack. I'm reading Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess - thanks Marcus! - now.
I fly out tomorrow at 2.40pm for a mammoth trip home.....Melbourne via Sydney via Los Angeles via Chicago.
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