Over the next two days, we continued our New Orleans adventures with ghost tours and a trip to the Garden District. Once Christmas was over, the streets were suddenly filled with people and travel times took a lot longer. We didn't mind though because it provided more opportunity for people watching!
This musician had a parrot rocking a Christmas hat on his shoulder!
The famous Marie Laveau House of Voodoo. No photos allowed inside. I'll be honest the entire place had a rather creepy feeling and smelled overwhelmingly of incense. I was tempted to get a reading from their psychic, but the reading would take half an hour or more and we didn't have the time. While walking around Jackson Square, I did get a palm reading by a street psychic and she told me some very interesting details she saw in my future...
We went to a poboy shop on Bourbon Street for lunch. My mom and I split a meal and still couldn't finish it because we were given so much food!
Off on our first ghost tour! We learned that back in the day, dueling was a sin if committed by members of the church. People thought they could get around this by dueling on the church grounds because rumor had it that if you died on holy grounds you would go straight to heaven!
We also learned that many wealthy families with daughters had Romeo spikes welded onto their porch polls to prevent young men from climbing up and daughters from sliding down.
This particular house was the grounds of an unfortunate event. A young man tried climbing up to visit his girl when her father leaned out her window and yelled at him. The young man was startled and lost his grip. The Romeo spike caught him in the stomach as he went down. Yikes.
The Andrew Jackson Hotel used to be the site of a school for boys that burned down when a few youngsters decided to play with matches. People staying there report photos of them sleeping appearing on their cameras if left out on the bedside table. That's creepy whether or not there are actually ghosts behind the photos...
We stopped by a coffee shop and ordered some Swamp Pop. The praline flavor was delicious!
This home, once owned by Nicholas Cage, was reportedly the site of too many gruesome events for me to remember. The guide just kept talking. There were so many unfortunate events here that I have no trouble believing it's haunted.
Last on our tour was this church. When workers moved the boundary wall, they reportedly found hundreds of dead babies inside of it that had died of a disease that swept through New Orleans many years ago. At times you can reportedly hear them crying...
After all those spooky tales, my parents insisted on stopping here!
The next day was our last in New Orleans. We stopped a cute little place called the Legacy Kitchen. I fell in love with their cafe au lait!
After breakfast we hopped on the trolley to go down to the Garden District.
Our first stop there was the cemetery.
After that we looked up a free online tour for the houses and spent a couple hours walking around and admiring. These houses gave me tons of inspiration for building homes on The Sims!
This will so be me someday.
We took the trolley back to the edge of the French Quarter and the ride back was terrible compared to the first. We were some of the only people on it during our first ride, but you can see in the picture just how packed it was going back. There were so many people on board I'm sure it was a safety hazard. It was way too warm and I felt ill when we finally got off.
After walking around and calming down in the crisp air, we headed to our second ghost tour! This one was much more historical and informative and had less to do with hauntings.
For instance, the reason all of these cool looking posts line the sidewalks is not to make them look pretty. They are actually barriers to prevent drunk drivers from driving into the buildings! The tour guide also informed us that Bourbon Street is hosed down every morning around 6am to clean out some of the mess and stench from the night before.
We passed by a bar that sold absinthe. This beverage is highly alcoholic and for a long time was banned throughout the United States and in other parts of the world. Over time though, places are beginning to open up again.
One of our last stops in New Orleans was a praline shop. There were candy makers working inside so we could see how all the treats were made. My family purchased several different flavors and shared them all. Yum!
On our last night in New Orleans we stopped at a wood fire pizza restaurant near our hotel. From where we were seated inside, we could see the pizza corner were the food was made. The chef was so talented! He just picked up the dough ball, spun it around in the air, and suddenly had a perfectly shaped pizza crust! The food was wonderful and it was a great way to spend the last of our time.
The next morning we packed up all of our belongings and headed off to Texas!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!