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New Orleans: food and ghosts and lots of walking by Ann Treacy
June 15, 2015, 1:52 am
Filed under: Louisiana, New Orleans

We spent four nights in New Orleans with everyone – cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma and grandpa. (Everyone else was smart enough to fly!) We stayed out near Tulane, a couple miles from downtown. It wasn’t very far but it was a pretty sketchy walk – Katie and I tested in out. SO it was fun to learn that area (Freret) although we spent more of our time in the French Quarter.

We took a couple of tours – a ghost tour and a cemetery tour. It was fun to learn little bits and pieces about New Orleans. I now understand why the street all change names at Canal Street. (After the Louisiana Purchase, the Americans came in and renamed everything and the locals weren’t having it.) I learned that a corpse will cremate in those creepy mausoleums given the heat in NOLA. That is why the tomb must be sealed for a year and a day – before it can be opened (if need be) for the next resident. I saw Nicolas Cage’s tomb – waiting for him. (Some people kiss it. The guide thought that was funny since he’s not in there. I think it’s weird either way.) I heard a few gruesome “ghost” stories that I wish I could unhear.

We spent a lot of time walking around – from Jackson Square to Bourbon Street. We visited a few voodoo shops. So be nice to us, at least until you think our positions have run out! One of us got our fortune told. We visited a Tomato Festival. I got us close with some modern art – very realistic looking women in swimsuits.

We ate a lot. We went back to brunch at the Court of Two Sisters and we were very happy there again. We went to a place called Purloo, where we saw Randy from My Name is Earl. It was a thrill for us. If service had been better we might have had enough liquid courage to talk to him as it was, we played it cool. We did learn the difference between Southern hospitality and Northern efficiency. It could have been an opportunity to learn patience – but we don’t have time for lessons like that! The food was great; we ate shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, oysters, poboys, and Aine’s favorite deep fried peanut butter and jelly.

We loved New Orleans. In respect to population, it’s about the same size as St Paul. But it’s much more like European city, with a great buzz in town all day and night. It rained while we were there, which was actually nice in terms of heat management. We did notice that the water doesn’t really go anywhere after the rain. The puddles linger. I can only imagine what that’s like in a hurricane. But given a chance to return to NOLA – we’ll take it! Lily says she’s moving here but she says that about a lot of places we visit. Good thing she’s young, she can live in them all at some point!

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