To say our experience in New Orleans has been different than our time in Austin would be a gross understatement. It could be the weather, it could be the fact that we’ve parked up in a good location, or it could (likely) be that New Orleans is just a vastly superior city. This city just keeps giving and giving, there seems to be always something on, and the people are relaxed, free and friendly. We watched a short film about New Orleans where one person said “New Orleaners have more rhythm in one finger than the rest of the country has in their whole body”, I’ve got to admit, I might believe her. There is a restlessness in the energy here and they always seem to have a reason celebrate, parade down the street or just dance. Yes, we are quite taken.
It was a busy week but it kicked off with Jazz Festival, the reason we had planned our trip here to begin with, Sir Elton John was playing. One of the earliest nights I remember with Jonathan, he spent fairly intoxicated singing loudly along with My Father’s Gun in the wee hours of the morning. Suffice to say he was excited to see him. It was crowded, very very very very crowded. Which is unfortunate - there was a lot to see but rather than risking being unable to see Elton, we decided to suck it up and plant our feet in front of the main stage. It was a good decision, he played for 2 hours straight and I’ve got to say he seemed to be enjoying himself, I really enjoyed him. He sounded fantastic and the crowd was LOVING it. The sprit of Jazz Festival and New Orleans carried on outside the festival grounds where ordinary citizens were selling jello shots and bottles of soda on the streets, people were dancing and pound after pound of crawfish were being steamed. Much merriment was had.
The only downside to New Orleans is it’s hot, really hot. Rather than sit about the next day, and knowing there was a free RV dump on the way, we chose to head to Biloxi for a day at the beach. A good choice. It was relaxing and cool, two things we needed. We played tourist later on in the week, taking the ferry across the river and doing a French Quarter tour. Additionally, we hugely recommend the Katrina exhibit. We’ve been trying to learn about it, but there’s a lot to learn, and a lot of conflicting information, but I think the exhibition does a wonderful job of showing what happened, how it happened, and how it affected the city - it’s heart wrenching but well worth your time. The city continues to be beautiful and delicious and we continue to look at houses and think hmmmmm…. That’s 5 times the size of Jonathan’s London flat and half the price. But of course there’s lots more of the world to see.