…’new orleans – part 2: and all that jazz’

March 2015

You likely gathered from the previous post….. https://carrymycamera.com/2015/02/22/new-orleans-part-1-throw-me-something-mister/ that we spent a whole lot of time having fun at Mardi Gras on our recent trip to New Orleans.  This being said, it may surprise you to learn that we actually found a few windows to experience ‘Norlins’ sans the beads and bedlam!

We were lucky enough to have an unofficial “trip coordinator” in tow (Andrea) who diligently researched a few options on how best to spend our time in and around the ‘Big Easy’ – when not desperately begging folk to “throw us beads” from a Mardi Gras float!   The following depicts some of these activities including a swamp boat tour and stroll around the #1 Saint Louis Cemetery – renound for it’s “above ground” burial vaults.   Pete and I also founds ourselves all jazzed up on the infamous ‘mv Natchez’ steamboat ride up and down the Mississippi.

Will let pictures tell more of the story on this occasion….!

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 Apparently we had to specify whether we wanted to go on the ‘slow’ or ‘fast’ ride.  I may have opted for ‘slow’ but glad our trusty trip coordinator opted for the “fast” ride……woohoo!!!

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 Kevin, our airboat operator and quintessential ‘red-neck’ (self-proclaimed) was knowledgeable, liked to drive fast, and made for an authentic riverboat experience…without too many rules!

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….the boys enjoying the ride and chillin’

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….the girls – reunited and making the most of trip time together!

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Check out for yourself the history of New Orleans cemeteries via the link below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louis_Cemetery

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Not to be missed….the one remaining Mississippi steamboat ride still in operation….

http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/

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 ….and lets not forget one of the highlights of the trip for yours truly – a chance to reconnect with my old work colleague (Steve) and his lovely wife Judy, who welcomed our party of five into their home at short notice, and extended us their classic southern-style hospitality!  Made for a perfect trip 🙂

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