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New Orleans: Part Two

9:52 AMKathryn Curling

Our second morning in New Orleans we headed straight for the famous touristy french market full of crafts and artists and musician. We had mamosas and quite possible the best breakfast sandwich of my life there. We picked up a few souvenirs and headed for the cemeteries.  We knew we had to actually walk in the cemeteries before we left the city. We had an unofficial tour of St.Louis Cemetery #1 from an interesting character we met.. yes a stranger that we met.. in a cemetery.  We saw Marie Laveau's supposed tomb among many other famous and interesting tombs. It was neat to walk around that cemetery in person since it's had its share of appearances in movies and books. (Easy Rider, Cincinnati Kid).

From there we figured it'd be a good idea to start attempting to make our way out of the city and home. Of course we decided to detour to Fort MaComb where they filmed the season finale of True Detective. That was probably the creepiest place we saw on our trip. If you've never seen that show go watch it. Like now.

 We still had one last major stop before leaving Louisiana and that was Oak Alley Plantation and the other beautiful plantations on the Mississippi River just South West of New Orleans. We took a little trip through some interesting swampy areas before arriving at Oak Alley and what can only be described as majestic. The property itself is right out of a dream.  The huge oak trees seemed so ancient and beautiful. I could've spent all day walking around the grounds and under those trees.

The house, in the Greek Revival style, perfectly aligned between the row of oaks, was truly one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my limited adventures. I could only imagine 100 years ago people strolling about and having large dinner parties.  We took a guided tour of the house which I instantly started picking out all of the things I recognized from the Interview With A Vampire movie. The dining room where Louis ate a rat, the parlor where he lit the curtains on fire… etc. They stayed true to the beauty of the home and time period with original furniture, baby cradle, silverware, dishes and paintings belonging to the previous families.

We drove by Laura Plantation and I was really sad that I we didn't have time to stop by there because it was so beautiful and different in its creole style but at this point we would be  making it home at 1 A.M. the night before Easter so... yeah. haha. It was a long delirious drive home to good ol' Texas full of reminiscing our younger days and talking about life.

If you've ever been to New Orleans or Louisiana please share your experience with me because I am already planning my next trip there. I know for sure I'll spend more time looking in the antique stores and checking out more local music.

Adios for now! Happy Monday everyone!

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