The 3 Hour Tour…No Gilligan Here 12 comments


You took a bus tour of New Orleans? Why?

 

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That’s what our friends asked when Hubby and I told them how we spent the day together a few weeks ago. You see, we live in the New Orleans area now, but we were born and raised in another part of Louisiana. Sure, we’ve spent many a weekend in the French Quarter and our school field trips included the Wax Museum on Conti Street, Jackson Square, Café Du Monde, and the French Market. But there’s still a lot we don’t know or haven’t seen. We wanted to explore the area with fresh eyes since this is now home for us and The Deuce (who BTW just took a school field trip to Café Du Monde and the French Market).

 

We purchased an Amazon Local Deal several months ago for a 3 hour New Orleans City Bus Tour by Southern Style Tours. The week of Spring Break, we realized the deal was about to expire. Since The Deuce was hanging out with my parents, we decided to have a day date and book the tour. And boy am I glad we did. 

 

We met the tour bus at 8:30 a.m. on St. Charles Avenue with about 25 other excited folks. As expected, we were the only locals. John, our driver, took us through the French Quarter, Central Business District (CBD), Warehouse District, Marigny, and Treme. He was an awesome tour guide and maneuvered that bus through the narrow streets of the Quarter like a pro. We learned about the architecture, the facts, the rumors, and current events of these areas. I especially enjoyed seeing Musician’s Village which was built after Hurricane Katrina (we refer to it as “The Storm” here).

 

After about 2 hours on the bus, we stopped at City Park so we could stretch and look around. I had never been there before, but Hubby had. 

 

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City Park in New Orleans

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City Park in New Orleans

With over 1300 acres, it’s one of the largest urban parks in the country. Some of the trees are over 600 years old. It also houses the New Orleans Museum of Art. Was difficult to capture everything in pics because the park is massive. 

Coffee and beignets in City Park (New Orleans)

Coffee and beignets in City Park

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City Park

 

We then headed over to nearby St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 to explore some more. Because New Orleans is below sea level, the deceased are placed in above ground vaults. Established in 1854, this cemetery is still used today and has a waiting list.

 

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

The 3 Hour Tour...No Gilligan Here by beingawordsmith.com

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

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The tour culminated in the more affluent parts of New Orleans, the Garden District and Uptown. I’ve always loved looking at the beautiful homes and mansions in those areas and enjoyed John’s fact-filled narration of their history. We passed by Millionaire’s Row where our Saints QB Drew Brees and other local prominent people live.

 

We even got a peek at the former and current homes of celebrities such as Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Sandra Bullock. As the tour came to an end during our ride down the historical parade route on St. Charles Avenue, I felt a true sense of pride for this beloved city. There’s no other place in the world like it.

 

Have you taken an official tour of your city?


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12 thoughts on “The 3 Hour Tour…No Gilligan Here

  • Jennifer

    It looks like you had alot of fun and learned a lot about a city that you thought you knew already. It just goes to show that locals typically stick to the places that they know. This is true about where I am from also although I’m from a more rural areith a bit less cultural opportunities. However, it is possible to find new and exciting things to do particularly in the summer at local festivals.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it. I remember thinking when I took it that it wasn’t going to come out well because of the sun. Ha!

  • Dana

    New Orleans is one of my favorite cities – can't wait to visit again! My family took a Duck tour of our hometown a few years ago – it was cool to see the city through a tourist's eyes. I'd still rather go to New Orleans, though 🙂

  • Britton

    I don't live in a big city that offers tours, but this is definitely a great idea for a date day! It looks like from the pictures and your post you both had a wonderful time. I love experiencing new things and places in my city!

    • BeingAWordsmith

      We were like newlyweds again that week with my son visiting my parents. It was so nice to do something different. When we lived in Detroit, we always said we'd visit Motown and never did. We used to travel to Cleveland every weekend for almost a year and said we'd visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and never did. So we made an effort to embrace this.

  • dishofdailylife

    I'm not usually a big tour fan, but I have to say that the ones I have taken have been so full of information that I never would have gained on my own, and I loved that! Maybe I should start going on more!

    • BeingAWordsmith

      Hubby and I talk a lot about not caring for history in school or as kids. And now as adults and parents, we want to soak up as much as we can. With the Amazon Local Deal, it was $67. Well worth it!