New Orleans, Louisiana
10.08.2011 80 °F
Since we drove so many miles yesterday, we only had 150 miles today to get to the N'awlins (that's New Orleans to you northeners) area. The campground we chose is in Slidell, Louisiana, about 30 miles from the city. We got here about 10:15 am and left at 10:45 to go into New Orleans. When we arrived we had lunch at the Riverfront Restaurant on Decatur Street. I had Shrimp and Grits (yum!) and Don had the Taste of New Orleans, which included Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee and Gumbo. Everything was delicious!
After lunch we walked the Riverwalk and around a few other parts of the French Quarter. The St. Louis Cathedral is the longest operating Cathedral in the US. We took a 2 hour City Tour and our guide knew so much about the city, we were overwhelmed with all the information!
We made a stop at one of the above ground cemeteries. They are built like little towns, with each family owning a house. The rich have bigger ones, with porches and patios, and can hold more people, up to 500! When someone dies they are put in their wooden coffin in the house for 1 year and 3 days. After that time there is nothing left but bones, so those bones are taken out of the rotting coffin and pushed to the back of the house. That way about 125 can fit in a regular sized one! Very interesting, isn't it? Makes sense, too.
We had time for a stop at Cafe Du Monde for beniets and a stroll through the French Market.
The walk down Bourbon Street was a trip in itself! Lots of LSU and University of Florida fans all over the street.
We even discovered 2 National Parks in New Orleans today, New Orleans Jazz and Jean LaFitte. That brings our total up to about 34 National Parks, Forests and Monuments!
The weather was quite nice today, 80 and sunny, until we got into the city, where it was cloudy. The sky finally cleared, but the wind was incredible!