Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Orleans

Went on the Super City Tour today. Saw lots of the French Quarter, the Lower Ninth Ward, St Charles Street which is the most expensive property in the city and where Tulane & Loyola colleges are.
Many, many streets and balconies. STORES!!!
This is a memorial to the Lower Ninth Ward. The blue poles show water depth, the chairs are for all the households lost, the red beams symbolize the walls of houses lost.
This is one of the houses with the National Guard markings, indicating when it was checked for people and if any bodies were inside.

The beauty of the balconies and iron work were wonderful and abundant. There were enclosed courtyards that were Creole in nature, to keep the women inside in courtyards. Overhanging balconies were Spanish in nature. Buildings right up to the street were French.

Here is my Mardi Gras ducky :) cute, huh?
It was a good day, but lots of walking involved, we also went to one of the cemeteries, but will show those tomorrow or in following days. Tomorrow going on a swamp boat ride..Did not get the speedy boat with the big propeller as it cost 3x as much and will wait to do that with someone, sometime in the future, as i can see myself coming back here. But it is a BIG city and way out of my comfort zone to be by myself walking about with camera and money on me. The tour guide told us to be careful walking alone, especially after dark and in the cemeteries as they are enclosed and no one can hear you holler in there, so may save the larger ones for a later time also. the one we went to was quite famous and many films were made there, so think i got some good shots in that one alone.
The manager of the park here takes you down to the Quarter and then call her when you want to come back and she comes to get you- all for $10. Whcih i thought was a convenient service actually.
Take Care all!!


  1. I so wish I could have toured with you! If I hadn't gotten sick, I would have. :( Since you want to return, maybe we could do it next year??

    The tour looks great, and can't wait to see pics of the cemeteries and the swamp tour!

  2. Thanks for sharing. We haven't been to New Orleans since the hurricane.

    Travel Safe
    Dawn & Denise