New Orleans.. not so new..

Trip Start Jul 19, 2012
Trip End Aug 23, 2012

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Historic French Market Inn

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

..kinda old actually.

Sorry, biggish post.
We hit the road to New Orleans and checked into our awesome crusty old full of character hotel. But New Orleans is like that everywhere.

We then jumped on the steam boat and rode the MIGHTY Mississippi.  Strange to actually view with my own eyes images that I had either seen on the news or the internet.  Like this one for example..

Effects left from Hurricane Katrina.

Check this dude out!  Hilarious!  I gave him a buck and took his picture.  He said "Thank you very much" and barely moved his lips.
This guy, we took a photo of and I think he thought he was off duty because he yelled “Don't f*cken take my picture, b*tch!”  We just walked away but I thought, "don’t paint yourself silver and stand around in public then, ya dickhead".

We then wandered through the streets and took photos of various things, including the St Louis Cathedral before we took one of the Haunted history tours.  We did a lot of walking around to various locations.  The guy taking the tour was an excellent story teller but I had a bit of trouble understanding him at times.  I chose to take my photos without a flash as I didn’t want to ruin the night feel.  This made my shutter speed slow with the setting I used.  So everything moving ended up looking like an apparition.  Especially our tour guide, who didn’t sit still for very long!

Creepy!  A lot of horrific stories behind this address.  One of the windows has been sealed in for a reason.  The owners apparently got tired off replacing the window as a spirit would repeatedly break it, jumping to the road below.

Back of the cathedral.  This was rather funny because instead of thinking, “wow, there’s a creepy Jesus figure”, I thought “Hey, there’s that Jesus shadow thing from the internet!” 

Our tour ended here, so we found a restaurant and grabbed some dinner.  It was about 10.30pm by now and I was pretty darn hungry.  We had the most divine Irish cream hot coffee!  We walked down Bourbon Street.  This is a combination of bars with live bands all trying to outdo each other via decibel level.  Chuck in a few half naked chicks and strip joints, random people off their faces and guys constantly trying to hustle you into their clubs/bars and you’ll have roughly the full picture.  I took a short film clip and unfortunately my battery died here.  The poor camera did get a hell of a workout this day though.  So I pointed things out to Lynn and asked her to take photos of various images I wanted.  So a couple of these images are actually hers.

We finished the night of at Café du Monde and Lynn stuffed some more food down me.  Beignets which are similar to what we would call 'proper’ fresh homemade donuts down under.  I think I had to roll myself back to the hotel as I had eaten so much!

After our haunted tour I was almost too paranoid to go to the loo alone, but I didn’t think Lynn would fancy holding my hand for that one.  So I had to be tough!  Random – Hey big sis!  Remember when I was eight and you were 15 and you used to make me sleep with you because you were too scared, after we’d watched the SAME horror movie?  WTF? What was an eight year old meant to do?  ;) 

Up again the next morning and we took the Cemetery tour to St Louis Cemetery #1 with the same outfit.  Very hot day and we were quite exposed in the sun for most of it.  The tombs are all raised above the ground, due to the sea level.  They apparently did try to bury them underground originally but some people didn’t appreciate Great Aunt Margaret rising up and floating past them whenever it flooded.  This is the grave of Marie Laveaus.  

Apparently one of the three most visited graves in the US.  The others being JFK and Elvis.  I guess I’m doing pretty well having seen two. 
We hit the road back to Gonzales and stopped off and did a tour of Houmas house.  Another beautiful old plantation home with a lot of interesting artefacts inside.

Woah, watch out vampees!

I think we got lost in the gardens for ages. So many flowers and big kick arse trees to look at.

Thank you to everyones positive comments in person about the blog!  Yeah, you guys that have been too chicken to write in the comments! ;) Check out the other photos, I have uploaded quite a few this time. So far New Orleans rates as my favourite place.  Next stop, hello to Noo Joisey again.
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Vv on

Wow!!! I wanted to comment on about every picture!! NO looks just gorgoues!!! Like everything, the French Quarter to the live musos.. love love love!

Sue McKee on

Hey Linley, cool photos - we got the exact same one of the big tall guy with the toy dog :) We also did the Mississippi river boat tour - great price for the attractions, eh?

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