Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Travel Tuesdays #9

Last week it was a toss up between Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras as to which to showcase in Travel Tuesdays, so I saved New Orleans for this week. As much as I would love to say that I'd love to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, nothing could be further from the truth. There would be waaaaaay too many people for my liking. Besides, we were there for a non-event week and it was still packed! Friday and Saturday night on Bourbon street can give you a really good idea of what Mardi Gras would be like (maybe?!) I'm sure it's much crazier but there were still people getting drunk on Hurricanes and showing their body bits for beads. This was Greg and my first trip together and we had a great time! 3 for 1 drinks at lunchtime don't hurt either, as long as you make time for an afternoon nap in the heat of the day.
Our favourite day was the one where we went to the Audubon Zoo. We took the Canal Street Trolley that dropped us off at the Audubon Park. We saw trees we'd never seen before, they just wrapped around us as we walked through them.
It was my idea to go on a cemetery tour, because cemeteries in New Orleans are different from ones here. The dead are buried in family tombs and left to bake in the Louisiana heat. They say that within a year the body has turned to dust. I'd believe it. The day that we took the tour it was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the sun was just blazing down on us amongst all the bright white tombs. Poor Greg who can't tolerate the sun much was crouching and hiding amongst the tombs searching for any little bit of shade! The worst picture EVER taken of us was taken in front of Marie Laveau's tomb. It is said that she was reputed to be the burial place of "notorious voodoo queen." Voodooism of African origin, was brought to New Orleans from Santo Domingo and flourished in the 19th century. (just a bit of UBI)
Needless to say, I learned a lesson this day: it is highly doubtful that Greg and I will ever go on a beach holiday together, he really doesn't do well in the sun.
I meant to add this last picture in with the collage. The architecture in the French Quarter really is beautiful with all it's iron work detail on the balconies. Despite being know for a major party town, I must say, it's also one of the prettiest cities I've been to in the USA.
You must go sometime!
Head on over to The Beeshive to see the new 'gourmet' restaurant in Ufa, Russia!
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Begered said...

3 for 1 drinks? Now that's what I call a good deal. Great pictures, I had no idea how pretty the buildings in the French Quarter are and Bourbon Street looks like a great time. I have always wanted to go...I guess I need to start doing and stop dreaming.

BTW, I am sure you will be able to convince Greg to go back to the beach with you! :)

Bob-kat said...

I love that last pic. The architecture looks fantastic.

I would love to go there - who am I kidding, there are very few palces that are not on my list so whenever I see pics of a place I get excited about it :-)

It sounds like you had a great time.

Kristi said...

I've always wanted to go to Mardi Gras to see the parade but I don't do well with enormous crowds, so now I'm thinking I'll defer that dream. ;)

PS: love the last picture.