One of the main reasons for me booking the Southern BLT trip with Trek America was that it went to New Orleans. It’s been my dream for many years to visit NOLA and see all the French Quarter, listen to Jazz Music and party down Bourbon Street. After leaving Memphis pretty early, we headed through Mississippi down South. We even stopped on the way to get ourselves some of that famous Mississippi Mud Pie and it didn’t disappoint.
During our visit to New Orleans, we stayed at The Troubador Hotel which is one of the fanciest hotels we had during Trek. It was a short walk away from Bourbon Street and had the loveliest rooftop bar. This is where I turn into the world’s worst blogger, I’ve not got a great deal of content from New Orleans. The first evening we went out for an amazing meal at a seafood restaurant, a quick walking tour of some of the well-known streets and spent the night enjoying the incredible atmosphere of Bourbon Street. New Orleans was one of my favourite nights out of the trip, there’s no place like it. If you’re heading out, make sure to try the Hurricane and Hand Grenade Cocktails. It’s probably not advisable to mix them though. You’ll definitely end up feeling like death like I did the next day!
Day 11 was our day to explore New Orleans and I’m not going to lie, we were feeling very fragile. Our first stop was Cafe du Monde for some of the famous Beignets. They were pretty life-changing, to be honest. We did spend a lot of the day wandering about doing a spot of shopping, checking out Jackson Square and St.Louis Cathedral before heading back to chill at the hotel. I wish I’d seen a lot more in New Orleans but it was nice to have quite a relaxing day. It’s also an excuse to visit again as I did love what I saw.
The next morning, we all got up early to head off to the swamps of Louisiana. Obviously, we were hoping to spot some Alligators out in the wild but we ended up seeing so much more! The tour lasted for about an hour and was an incredible experience. It was completely fascinating to see all the houses along the waterside where people actually live all year round. Sadly, there was still destruction from Hurricane Katrina with flattened houses just left there. After spotting some baby gators we came across some racoons (video of them here) and wild pigs! Once we saw one, they all seemed to appear and come to see us!
After the Swamp Tour, we got back on the road to start our mammoth Trek across Texas. Our first stop was Houston which unfortunately was only an overnight stop. It actually looked like an amazing city and everyone was buzzing as it was the Baseball final and Houston ended up winning. We stayed at a HI Hostel which felt like one big college house, it was pretty cool.
#5 of the Travel Diaries has been quite short compared to usual but there’s a lot of Texas coming up in #6! Texas really is HUGE and we seemed to spend days just driving across the state!