30 October 2011

Another big driving day, as we made our way from Ruston to New Orleans. NOLA (as the locals call it) certainly occupies a unique geographic location for a large city - coming in to the metro area requires driving quite a distance over causeways through the surrounding swamps and lakes. We made it in by early evening, our accommodation a 100-year-old shotgun house in one of the seedier (but more authentic!) parts of town. Keen to see what the famed French Quarter of the city was like, we headed in to the infamous Bourbon Street, which even on a Sunday night was pretty full of revellers. Getting on board, we had some traditional Louisiana far/e (alligator jumbalaya, shrimp gumbo) and some traditional New Orleans beverages (tropical hand grenades, hurricane daiquiris).