Today we decided to take a tour of New Orleans. We needed to get the bus by the riverfront at 11am.
I was up and dressed by the assigned time of our 9:00am departure. We needed to stop at the bank to get some cash so we missed the 9:30 ferry.
We took the 10am ferry which still gave us plenty of time to get beignets at Cafe Du Monde before walking the 5-6 blocks to the bus.
Our driver and tour guide was Sylvester. I was not very impressed with him , was much too melodramatic. I guess he was born and raised in New Orleans so he had a lot of information.
I am sure most of you know the devastation that his city went through from Katrina. Some areas are looking very good while others are not.
The lower 9th ward is the area that still looks the worst. The reason for this is money. People who could prove they owned the property were given grants and loans to rebuild and repair their homes.
Most of the lower 9th ward were lower income people and their homes were handed down from generations. They didn’t have the documentation to prove they owned the property. Without this they were not given any financial help from the government therefore most of the houses in this area are abandoned.
Fats Domino lived in this area of town. He still has is studio next door to his house. He said he wanted to live and work among the people he sang about.
There were some very nice areas of the city. People who were not poor and able to rebuild and repair their homes.
We stopped twice for about 10 minutes. Our 1st stop was at this grave yard.
Our 2nd was at the city park. It is a very pretty park with water running through it.
This is Lake Pontchartrain Causeway which is the longest causeway in the world measuring just under 24 miles.
When the our tour was over, I really wanted to stay in town for a while, but we needed to get back home to the boys. I really love my boys, but they are demanding on our time.
Back across on the ferry we went while saying goodbye to New Orleans.
I prepared Jesse some hamburgers while I had some leftovers from last night’s for dinner along with a salad.
We have enjoyed our time here in New Orleans, hopefully we will be back this way again.