Sorry I haven’t done a post in a couple of days, New Orleans was very busy and limited access to wireless limits the posting ability!
So we arrived bright and early in New Orleans dropped our bags off at the hotel and wandered into the French Quarter. We noticed how run down the city looked and how many ‘crack heads’ there seemed to be around on the streets.
The first day was a planning day where we organised everything we were going todo while in the city, so we booked ourselves on a tour of the swamps and a ghost tour of the city.
During the day we climbed upon a movie tour of the city where we were taken to the sets of locations of where Hollywood films had taken place, which was a surprising amount.
Half way through he stopped and showed us Congo Park which is seen as one of the birth places, in New Orleans at least, of jazz. Then followed up with a stop at Basin Street Station all made it a good start to our New Orleans adventure.
That evening we went to the basketball, Hornets vs Spurs, which was pretty much empty! Guessing it was because the Collage Championship was on TV and people would have been at home watching that. Despite that the game was a lot of fun and with a win from New Orleans lead to a happy environment.
To see the pictures please follow this link: New Orleans 2013
Next to the basketball stadium was the Super Dome which is where the Super Bowl in going to be held this year so the city is trying to get ready for that but also Mardi Gras season had started.
Next day we woke bright and early to make it down for an hour bus journey out of the city to the swap tour. As we left New Orleans the driver was pointing out areas that has been affected/destroyed by hurricane Katrina, its amazing that 7 years on there is still so many destroyed houses and obviously suffering areas.
Once out in the swap we boarded our boat and adventured into the Louisiana swamps seeing a Cotton Mouth Snake, Racoon, Green Water Snake and some Wild Pigs but, unfortunately no alligators.
Returning to New Orleans we went for a seafood dinner before heading out for our night tour which explained the history of the city and some of the horrors that happened just within the French Quarter of the city.
Not forgetting touchdown Jesus, of course.
After the tour we walked up Bourbon Street and settled in a live Jazz venue which was great sat drinking and listening till the early hours when we retired to walk up early and continue our trip out of New Orleans.