AADNOLA Day 2 Part I
Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 13, 2012
AADNOLA Day 2 Part I
August 8, 2012
As much as I love New Orleans, it is more humid than anywhere I’ve ever been before. I figured I would walk around early and see the sights before it got too hot out.
I’m a total tourist and love to see all the sights of new places that I’ve never been to. I ventured out at 10am and it was already 89 degrees, feeling like 99 degrees. Um, yeah.
I ventured down to the Riverwalk and saw the beautiful Natchez and Creole Queen paddle boats parked at the dock.
After walking the Riverwalk, I needed a break from the humidity. I stopped in Harrah’s Casino to get some relief from the heat, and also to collected a $1 chip (my husband and I collect them from wherever we go that has a casino). Just as I walked in, I noticed a Van Helsing slot machine! It was so awesome that I just had to play. And won : ) Who doesn’t love vampires? And in New Orleans no less?!
All of the buildings and architecture were absolutely beautiful. I loved the older buildings that had wrought iron balconies and railings. There were plants growing from the balconies hanging down over the first floor. It was timeless!
I walked past the House of Blues, Lafayette Square, St. Patrick’s Church, and the Old Absinthe House. It was amazing!
I’ve always seen New Orleans cemeteries in movies and have always been intrigued by the above ground graves. I went to St Louis Cemetery #1 and was so intrigued by how old some of the graves were.
It was a shame to see the condition of some of the graves: some were falling apart due to age, some seemed to be vandalized, and some weren’t even legible. It was absolutely beautiful to see.
After a full day of sightseeing, it was time to grab some lunch and head back to the hotel to get ready for AAD registration!
A few interesting things that I noticed about New Orleans today walking around:
1) I had no idea that there were palm trees. They lined some of the streets!
2) There are no barriers that come down for the train tracks. You have to look both ways before crossing the tracks. Although they are slow moving streetcars, coming from NYC I found this so bizarre.
3) The sidewalks and buildings are a lot tighter than I expected. Not much room to walk around.
4) Humidity and I do not get along. At all.
5) The weather reminded me of Florida: sunny in the morning, thunderstorm in the afternoon, then sunny again in the late afternoon.