Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Orleans

New Orleans was an amazing jam packed trip. On our first day we walked around the French Quarter and enjoyed the shops, galleries and beautiful architecture. We stayed in a great hotel, Place d'Armes right on Jackson Square. Our second day we got up early and went on a voodoo cemetery tour. The old tombs were striking and full of character. After the cemetery we went to The Voodoo Spiritual Temple to see a voodoo priestess. She was very interesting and had an amazing alter room, filled from top to bottom; every inch of the room was packed with relics and offerings. After that we walked over and went to the insectarium. One of my dreams come true, a whole museum filled with bugs. It was a really cool place and I even got to snack on a few meal worms and crickets. Later that evening we walked down the Mississippi river and then went to a rotating carousel bar that made killer lemon drops.
Our third day we woke up early again for a plantation and swamp tour. We went to the gorgeous Oak Alley plantation. It’s about an hour outside of New Orleans. We had a great tour, and the kitchen had some of the best gumbo I had in Nola. The grounds were so beautiful, quite and peaceful and we learned a lot about the plantation life. After that we went to the bayou for an airboat ride. What a thrill that was, speeding over less than 2 inches of water filled with alligators. The boat captain would attract the gators to the boat with marshmallows. We got a great lesson all about alligators and I even got to hold a baby alligator, it was soft and cute. After a long day we went back to our hotel and rested for a bit before we went to the House of Blues to see Glasvegas. It was a great show and interesting to people watch at a concert in another city.
Our fourth day was all about leisure, shopping and walking. We explored the quarter more, going into voodoo and antique stores. We went on a horse carriage ride in the rain and then purchased some unique artwork from one of the artists selling in Jackson Square.
We ate and drank well and had a fantasist time. There was a lot more that happened but those are the highlights. We have uploaded our pictures, click here to check them out - Pictures

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