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Oohhh Yeahhhh, New Orleans....
There is no New Orleans without the jazz. N.O is well know for it's jazz, architecture, art and food, and we experienced them all!
We stayed in a French Hotel slap bang in the French Quarter, listened to a live jazz band playing at a coffee shop (and poked our heads in the doorway of restaurants where ever we heard 'em) and ate at the famous GUMBO SHOP, where they serve...GUMBO!(stew with European,Caribbean African influences) and other things of course like traditional "PO-BOY" (sandwich made of deli meat piled high, topped with gravy), Jambalaya( a Creole version of Paella).Yum!
One can really see the French influence, I guess that's why they call it the French Quarter! haha! But in between the neat tiny little French buildings there were a few burnt down, damaged and abandoned buildings, not sure why there were so many in such a bad state, maybe it is still the after effects of Katrina?
We drove past the Superdome where about 14 000 people had to find shelter when Katrina hit in 2005, it is huge! We didn't go into the suburbs where most of the damage was. I'm glad we
didn't have any disasters on our visit!
There is a lot of talk about this Missi! There is too much water, and once you see the huge bridges that cross it and amount of water constantly flowing you can understand why it is a problem! Up the road from our hotel is a river front walkway, the water level is very high, but only found out later that there is normally about a 6meter drop down some steps to the water level, it seemed less than a meter when we were there! The New Orleans Welcome centre even had their vending machines taken away into storage in preparation of floods in the coming week or two! They will be opening levees along the river to redirect water to farmlands and rural areas to try and avoid flooding the cities! We left just in time, once again! We just missed the Dallas thunder storm and tornado warnings and now we are out of the flood zone!
We strolled down BOURBON street that runs through the French Quarter, the air was hot and stuffy, not a very nose friendly fragrance floating around (too many over indulging!)
but the sounds were good, jazz spilling out of every doorway and now and then we would stop and listen to them sing. We had dinner at the Gumbo shop, it was a very cool experience sitting in their 'outdoor' section. The food was a good, a new experience indeed! Poor Tamsin left slightly upset...a rat came running in from off the road, and she HATES rats! EEEUUUW!
Earlier in the day we saw a newly married couple with loud band dancing through the streets! It was so cool! I don't think I would do it but they seemed to really enjoy themselves! Once again there we very weird people walkinh about and most of them we could tell were street performers, if you take their foto you gotta give em a tip!
The further North we walked the dodgier things became so we turned back and headed for the hotel, it was time to rest our aching bones!
Goo' nite ya'll x
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