Like Vegas with less shame

Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
Trip End Aug 23, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Friday, July 9, 2010

I can't even tell you how in love I am with this place. I never want to leave.

The ride up was amazing, we got to somewhat see the Bayou, although it was impossible to photograph from the angle we were driving at. There are just houses, that open up to the swamp, where it looks like the use the swamp as their only road. Complete overpasses, hiways and roads are on the water, up high. Everything looks like it's been soaked more than once.

There is so much destruction here. It's everywhere you look. The hotels/houses around where we're staying are in shambles. Even the houses people are still living in have spray paint from the Katrina house searches that were performed. It's sad, beautiful and mind boggling. Everyone here has a story, every building, every house has tell tale signs that something bigger than I could even understand took place. Yet, the city still goes on, the music still plays and the food is still served. Every neighbourhood has houses that are falling apart, stores that are closed, and more cops that I've ever seen in my life.

We spent a lot of time just driving around and exploring urban neighbourhoods. The devastation is still felt, years later. I feel like I'm repeating myself here, but it's just a wreck.

We got a hotel room, and went down to the french quater. Went to eat at Deanie's seafood. I tried both Catfish (my first Po'boy) and Crawfish for the first time. Marc was impressed at how experimental I was with the food, but I've been waiting to come here since I could remember. I read a series of books that took place in the Bayou, and my moms favourite movie aside from Logan's Run is The Big Easy. I've also been watching an HBO series called Treme that had me on the edge of my seat from the moment I figured out we'd be coming here.

After dinner we spent the night exploring Bourbon Street. There was so much to see and do, we watched some bands at various bars, explored some shops, saw the sights. We decided the night life was like Vegas, but with less morals. A priest stopped us when he saw us taking pictures of them protesting in the streets, but I don't think he was ready for how informed we were on and how welcoming we were of the conversation - I do believe that usually people gawking/taking the pictures are creeped out and leave when he confronts them.

I am so in love with it here. We realized we have an 11 hour drive to Orlando, and instead of making it tomorrow, we're hoping to be there by Sunday (this is mostly for you Ken :P), unfortunately we didn't realize how long it was, and we're going to be losing another time zone, making it a 12 hour drive. We've decided that we're going to find the abandoned/destroyed 6 flags tomorrow, perhaps get ourselves to the beach as see if we can see any oil damage and Marc wants to take on the ice cream challenge. Then we will drive as long as we can into the night, get a place to stay in Florida, and continue on our way in the morning.

I have too many pictures, and too little time for sleeping to sort through them, so, I'm just going upload them all, and sort through them later. We were driving through neighbourhoods with people still in them, so to avoid being... rude? I tried to take the pictures stealthily. Actually scratch that. It's late. I'm tired. You're just gonna have to wait.

Thanks for reading, I know it was long.

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T.Dean on

I am so unspeakably jealous that you got to visit New Orleans. It's been on my list of places I NEED to visit for as long as I can remember.
We'll have to go one day, you and I!

Stephen on

Dude. Cannot wait to see the pics. When I read about the abandoned six flags I got so excited and jealous and excited. Hahah. Hope you're having a blast!

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