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New Orleans.....lots to do including our first wash

sunny 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.

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

Even found one of my sisters dogs. Not sure whether its a gay cowboy or whether the dog should be worried.

Not sure whether its a gay cowboy or whether the dog should be worried.

About 200 yards up the street was a quaint little jazz cafe/bar and the dudes were humming.

Jazz bar

Jazz bar

Cafe Jazz, Beer and Grits

Cafe Jazz, Beer and Grits

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.

The clothespin

The clothespin

Mandy at peace with the world of wash

Mandy at peace with the world of wash

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.

My own Louie in front of the big Louis

My own Louie in front of the big Louis

Great trees and very healthy azaleas

Great trees and very healthy azaleas

Sedgeways are big in NOLA

Sedgeways are big in NOLA

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.

Very french influence

Very french influence

Not sure about this place. We think its to celebrate St Patricks Day.

Not sure about this place. We think its to celebrate St Patricks Day.

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.

Tram's go east/west and north/south....just not very efficiently

Tram's go east/west and north/south....just not very efficiently

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.

This sign is wrong on so many levels in this day and age.

This sign is wrong on so many levels in this day and age.

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)

A dyke on the big Miss

A dyke on the big Miss

And then a tram ride back to the hotel completed the circuit. The trams are slow but unique and cheap. $3.50 for an all day pass.

The trams are slow but unique and cheap. $3.50 for an all day pass.

Posted by mandt0413 16:47 Archived in USA

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