12.03.2013 - 12.03.2013 19 °C
A chance to stretch our legs meant that we got to have a quick look at what NOLA (as the locals call it) has to offer. NOLA stands for New Orleans Louisianna and there are lots of symbols around. Very much a french influence, the hotel even gave us a pin of the emblem to go with that other strange item the ear plugs. Mandy still thinks that I set it up.
Our hotel is right on Canal and Bourbon Street which is the main hub.
Even found one of my sisters dogs.
About 200 yards up the street was a quaint little jazz cafe/bar and the dudes were humming.
The jazz was so good Mandy suggested that we do our first wash. I searched the internet and found a place or few. We decided that the best spot was the one that had a review which indicated that after 10 washes, the reviewer had not gotten any grease on the clothes....And so it was off to Clothespin in north rampart drive.
We had time during the wash cycle to visit Louis Armstrong park. Lovely place and maybe it's because this is the end of the winter, but it looked very unkept. Still there was lots of interesting things and plenty of visitors including 2 groups of sedgeway tours that passed through.
After the spin (cycle) we did the big drying and whilst that event took place we walked around the local area. Rentals are expensive at around $3k per month whilst purchasing a townhouse is relatively cheap $300k. Doesn't make sense other than owning a place in a swamp with lots of ground water and regular flooding probably isn't such a good long term investment.
After the wash it was off for another walk to find some decent coffee. It's day 5 and we're yet to find a nice cuppa. This time we took a tram down to the French Quarter markets.
About 100 shops under a verandah to fit 50 shops. There was everything from Voodoo to Aligator sausages. This place apart from being big on jazz is also big on gators and Voodoo. There are at least 2 Voodoo shops in every block. What is misunderstood is that Voodoo is big on healing and good. In the same way Karma is in oz.
The food over here is; eat everything including gator and boys......go figure. From what we can gather there aren't too many gators left that can breed because the locals love gator sausages.
After our stroll through the markets we walked back via a nice walkway along the Mississippi. The levy bank didn't work after Katrina in 2003 but work has been done to shore up the problem (They've also encouraged immigration from Netherlands since. Not much they don't know about dykes; well levies anyway)
And then a tram ride back to the hotel completed the circuit.