|Joined: ||Sun Oct 14th, 2007|
|Location: ||New York USA|
|Was in NOLA from last Tuesday until Saturday (the day before WM). I already posted in the wrestling forum about the number of wrestling fans there and the craziness of Bourbon Street every nights with the champs and merch. Quite the sight to behold.
We were staying right at the beginning of the French Quarter, Canal and Decatour. Great location. Minutes from Bourbon and Royal but a few blocks from the craziness so still quiet, and the trolleys and buses were right there to take us elsewhere in the city.
The city grew on me by the end (and as I got drunker) but it made a poor first impression. It was the hottest and most humid day of the trip when we landed (it got very comfortable after that), and the city reeked. I never want to hear anyone talk about NYC being dirty again. It seems like a normal part of the area to have homeless street performers laying in the middle of the streets shirtless and filthy with a guitar or trombone in between busking. I've never seen street performers who were legitimately homeless before. We have a ton here in NYC but they have real jobs and places to go after getting their tips. These people collapsed in their own filth after performances. Then you have the con artists. Hundreds of black dudes with the same exact line - "Nice shoes! I bet I can tell you exactly where you got them shoes, city, state, and street." Again and again and again. I know to ignore anyone approaching me on any street and not to engage, but I had to Google what the fuck this scam was after the 10th time it happened to me in an hour. The answer is that you've "got them shoes" on your feet, in New Orleans, Louisiana on whatever street you're standing on. They "win" the bet and then hassle you to give them money. How clever. I've also never seen cockroaches as bold as here - the size of your fist just walking down the street with all the pedestrians without a care in the world. Again, NYC has its share of roaches and rats and I've never seen anything like this. The buildings themselves are in awful states of disrepair, clearly beautiful at one time and now falling apart, especially the old shutters which are mostly hanging by a thread after clearly not being repaired in 200 years.
So the first day we did some French Quarter stuff, ate the famous beignets at Café du Monde, enjoyed Jackson Park, and went to the Jazz National Historic Park and Museum. Then we just went to bed.
Day 2 we toured the Beauregard-Keyes House and walked up to Frenchman Street and Magazine Street and the Faubourg Martigny area, but there wasn't much to see there. Then we started drinking. We began at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, which is supposed to be the oldest bar in America (but I've drank at many "oldest" bars in America in different cities. Then we walked up and down Bourbon Street, ate dinner, saw some live jazz at Preservation Hall (the wait to get in is longer than the concert), and then did Bourbon Street again. There honestly wasn't a lot more to do in the area and I was a bit disappointed at how small it all was.
Day 3 we took the trolley to the Garden District and did a walking tour of that and Lafayette Cemetery. It's just basically a lot of nice houses from the 1830s. The Anne Rice House is the main attraction, but there were also homes owned by Trent Reznor (since sold to John Goodman, who still lives there), Archie Manning, Sandra Bullock, and one that Nicholas Cage used to own before he stopped paying taxes on it. We then went into the Warehouse Arts District and went to the Confederate Civil War Museum and explored that area. After dinner, it was a little more Bourbon Street.
Day 4 we left the city and did the swamp and plantation tours. The plantation was Oak Alley and we saw some alligators (and a crazy raccoon) in the swamp. The touring company drove us around forever though as the two locations weren't close, and neither was close to the city, so that was literally 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and that was our day. It was OK but I've been on better tours. We went to Bourbon Street just to people watch one last time because we had to get up at 5:00 AM to catch our flight.
That was the whole trip. I usually do a lot more on vacation but there was a lot of down time here. It's a nice festive environment and a lot less Disney-fied than the Las Vegas strip has become, but there's only so many times you can have overpriced drinks and listen to cover bands that vary in talent on the same street. Jackson Park and the church across the street are cool and that's where the big bands play and then they sometimes march through the rest of the French Quarter and everyone follows. You don't have that in NYC. I liked hearing the music everywhere I went, but I'm glad we only were there for 4 days because I literally have no idea what we would've done with an extra day.
Last edited on Thu Apr 12th, 2018 11:59 pm by srossi
This thread was great before AA ruined it.