Farewell to the Big Easy

Sunday, February 27, 2011

It was a busy week this time around, we had Presidents day and this weekend to go and explore some more of downtown New Orleans. For Presidents day, we started off going to a historical tour of the French Quarter. We walked around the city and learned about the establishment, the history, and the modern changes that have happened since the city was founded. It was fun to hear about the history in addition to seeing the fun architecture.

After the tour, we headed over to Natchez Riverboat. Katie wanted to go on a steam boat during this trip, and this was the perfect chance. The Natchez steamboat is one of the few remaining boats still in operation today. The ride on the boat went up and down the Mississippi and took a total of three hours. We ate lunch on board and enjoyed the views from the boat. It was a step back in time.

Our final stop before heading home was to go and grab a bite at Cafe Du Monde. We sat down, had an order of beignets and hot chocolate and then called it a night. Our hair got a little wind blown from the steamboat ride.

On Saturday we headed back to New Orleans to see the famous cemeteries, a Mardi Gras parade, and take a tour of the historical Garden District. We stopped at one of the more modern cemeteries on our way to the garden district and saw many of the extravagant above ground tombs. Many of these tombs are used over and over again and can have as many as 20-30 family remains. Here are a few of the pictures we took at the cemetery.

Next on our stop we headed over to the Garden District. We had a tour that took us around many of the famous homes in the area. They are several celebrities that live there, and a rich heritage of architecture. Many of the homes look like they would make great haunted houses, and we had a fun time seeing them.

Our last stop on our trip was to see one of the many Mardi Gras parades that are happening. The parade we saw was put on by the Krewe of Sparta. It had a total of 14 floats and the beads were flying from them. For only seeing one parade, we ended up with around 40 bead necklaces. Where as other parades throw candy, these parades throw beads. It was fun to see the celebrations of Mardi Gras.

Thats it for Louisiana. Next week we are off to Lake Sinclair near the middle of Georgia. We are both looking forward to a relaxing month and seeing Atlanta and Savannah.


Grandma Mecham said...

Thank you so much! I really enjoyed your time in Louisiana! It is some place that I will probably never go in my life and looks and sounds so exciting! Looking forward to where you go and what you do next.

Emily said...

That is so fun, what an adventure. It's fun to read all about what you guys are doing and seeing :) It's so cool that you guys have the chance to do all of this.

the Roberson family said...

Your blog is amazing! I love the pictures and it makes me want to visit those places so much! I love the old houses...they are so beautiful and cool!

Aaron and Katie said...

Thanks guys, we love to share our adventures with you! We are having fun! @ Ali I love the old houses too they are really fun to go through.

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