I have never experienced humidity like that in New Orleans. Still suffering from a virus, but determined to see some of the city, I decided to jump on a hop-on-hop-off tour bus as a less sweaty alternative to walking. Not only did I manage to avoid a massive thunderstorm, I also got to see so much of the city. Whilst we experienced Bourbon Street, with its loud and proud bars the night before, I thought it was time to see what else this city had to offer.
The tour bus took me past the Super Dome, and alongside the Mississippi River. We were then given a sneak peak inside Mardi Grais World, the workshop where they create spectacular floats and costumes for Mardi Grais, Disney, Universal and Hollywood. Next it was to the Garden District, where celebrities like Beyonce have homes. My inner architecture geek came out as we past row after row of perfectly instagramable, pastel houses with beautiful porches and balconies. The trees were full of tangled beads, where they have been thrown and got stuck during parades. On passing the Hurricane Katrina memorial our guide explained that the city is still re-building itself over 10 years later, with many buildings still standing empty. It was a sobering thought as we entered the French Quarter and saw the beautiful buildings around Jackson square. The final stop was St. Louis Cemetery #1, the oldest and most famous in New Orleans. Films such as Double Jeopardy and Easy Rider were filmed here whilst Nicolas Cage has purchased a tomb to be his future resting place. Also, if you love American Horror Story as much as me, Delphine LaLaurie and Marie Laveau are also supposed to rest here!
Clearly there is more to Nola that beads after all …
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