I forgot to do a wrap of the tour so here it is. The tour was called Dixieland and Rhythms and was another Cosmos tour. There were a few highlights for me, especially Graceland and the recording studio tours, but overall this tour wasn't great. It didn't flow and we seemed to spend a lot of time just filling in time, waiting to get into hotel rooms. The scenery along the way was really, really boring. Having a full bus of 51 passengers was terrible, when the virus started to spread there was no no escaping it - a lot of people ended up very sick, including the Tour Director and driver. I've done a lot of coach tours and always enjoyed them but this one definitely goes to the bottom of the favourites list. Of course my opinion of the tour hasn't been helped by how wretchedly ill I've been for the last week.
28 October 2016
I still wasn't feeling anywhere near 100% but I was determined to go on the tour to Oak Alley and Laura Plantations. I was ready for pick up at 8.20am, we made one more pick up and drove for about an hour to Oak Alley. This was a sugar plantation that used slave labour. We had a guided tour of the house that lasted about an hour - the guide was dressed in a military uniform. I found the guide a bit difficult to understand. The highlight of the property is the rows of beautiful old oak trees.
Next we drove down the road to Laura Plantation, another sugar plantation that was run by slave labour. I really enjoyed this tour: the guide was very good and she covered the history of the property and the complex relationships of the people involved. We also walked through the gardens to the original slave huts.
I did this small group tour with Tours by Isabelle. We had eleven people plus our driver Billy, who immediately started calling me Miss Jennifer. I was dropped off around 3.00pm, tired and a bit sunburnt.
I had an hour's rest before walking along Bourbon St and down to Jackson Square. The music was pumping out along Bourbon St, you don't need to go inside to listen to the music (or see the male strippers). It's pretty sad to see so many drunk people before it's even dark, and even sadder to see young drunk people passed out on the street.
I hadn't had a chance to try out any New Orleans culinary delights, so decided to try a roast beef po'boy for dinner. I couldn't believe how big it was or much much meat was on the roll - and this was a starter, not a main meal! I couldn't even eat half of it.