New Orleans

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
Trip End Sep 04, 2013

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Grand Old Lady is looking very tired and run down. Even the French Quarter is dilapidated although still unique. They say New Orleans is not the same since Katrina and it is sadly true. We went on a tour of the city both the wealthy and the poor areas. So sad to see how little has been done to help this failing city, even the waterfront is yuck. Apparently New Orleans is 8 feet below sea level and residents were not required to have flood insurance, can u believe. Many people died because they climbed into the roof of their house but could not punch through the ply lining and either drowned or died of heat and dehydration. As they check the houses they painted symbols on the front doors to confirm if any bodies inside. It was so sad to see. The population in the worst hit areas dropped from 14,000 to 4,000.
We went looking for black guys singing the blues, no luck, they are not here.
Bourbon Street is sleazy and very colourful, good to walk up and experience but the bands all played rock and was very repetitive, we wanted the blues.
Had just about given up then last night hit Frenchman Street, much better, blues and jazz.
We spent the night in a club called Maison. Was fun, they had a open jam session and we experienced some really good artists and great music.
They have above ground cemeteries due to the low lying land. They can bury up to 500 members of a family and decendents in one crypt. They have a special process to reduce a corpse to next to nothing and then use a long pole to push the remains to the back and make way for more, remember the saying "wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole".
During the yellow fever epidemic so many people were dying that they just had to bury them and back then did not check vital signs. Many people were in comas and  buried alive. So they tied a string to the toe of each body and it was connected to a bell in the graveyard. If they woke up after being buried they would frantically wiggle their toe and ring the bell. The graveyard attendant would open up the vault and get them out, hence the saying "saved by the bell"
Yesterday we were in traffic in the middle of the city when "bang" a guy in a BMW ran into the back of Monica. We are selling her in just over one month ugh!!! Gary,  before I could stop him was out of the car doing what he does so well. I jumped out to calm him as I didn't know who was in the other car. Was a nice youngish white guy who was so apologetic. When we looked at both cars hardly a scratch, could not believe our luck. A bit of polish and all good. Instead of him apologizing to us I was to him for Mr Walker's behavour LOL!!!!!!
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carmen and Ned on

It doesnt sound like anything has changed since we were there 4 years ago. And I agree about the music, we had to search for some jazz. Shame you are not around , we have spare beds for Tamworth this month. Travel safe .Luv Carmen and Ned

Marc on

Hey guys hadn't seen your blog yet, just spent hours reading every single post! I absolutely love it! Sounds like your having the best time and I'm glad your talking about the food! Still need a photo of that famous southern fried chicken one of the main reasons I wanna go down south. Thanks for the call when you were in Canada I really appreciated it and hope all is well keep posting the funny stuff I'm loving it! Love Marc x

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