How to Visit New Orleans for the First Time
St. Louis Cemetery #1 is one of the most famous on the cemeteries here with most of the vaults constructed above ground due to New Orleans sitting about 15 to 18 feet below sea level. If you were to bury a casket in the ground it just becomes soggy and will eventually float back to the surface. Few of the cemeteries are closed to the public with only access to tour groups, but there are a few that you may visit without a tour group.
These cities of the dead were first constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries and are the final resting places for many legendary figures of New Orleans. Nicolas Cage is also said to have a pyramid shaped tomb that he plans to be buried in here.
If you really want to dive deep into the history of New Orleans, then you’ll want to visit one of the many plantations of New Orleans. The one we choose to go to was the Oak Alley Plantation. It was a 35 to 45-minute drive outside of New Orleans, so you’ll probably want to rent a car for this one, but trust me it’s worth the visit.
You can purchase a tour ticket and hop on a bus in the city to take you out to the plantations, but those can get pretty pricey fast. Price of admission is $25 and that includes a tour of the house itself and the entire grounds with several exhibits to explore. The 300-year-old oak trees are truly a sight to witness and the fact that they say these magnificent trees are only middle aged is crazy to think, yeah that’s correct these trees can live another 300 years! ( that is if Earth doesn’t decide to go into a 2nd ice age in the next hundred or so years.)
Last stop on our trip was none other than an official swamp tour! *Protip check out the deals on Groupon before you just google swamp tour, we were able to save a boatload of cash by doing this.*
There are two types of tours you can do. 1: The regular boat ride through the swamp looking at all of the gators that surround you. 2: Airboat tour, you know the boat with the big ol’ fan on the back it. These things look cool and sure yeah you go like 80mph ripping through the swamp on a boat that is powered by a 500 hp Chevy hemi motor, but you’ll be paying an extra $50 or more for this and you’ll probably miss out on actually spotting a gator or any wildlife far as that goes.
During our swamp tour, our amazing true creole swamp guide told us a bit about his heritage and why it is they “talk differently.” Louisana was originally founded by the French in the early 18th century and many of the locals in the swamp and New Orleans still speak fluent French, but from I understand of the language as an outsider. They basically merge French, Spanish, English, African,and Native American roots and thus we get this unique Creole language that can only be heard in this area.
The first time I heard this dialect was Gambit from X-men. Can you remember the first time you heard someone speak in the Creole language?
We opted for option one that came complete with a true “I live on the bayou, my cousin Billy is on the tv show swamp people” tour guide!
We hope you enjoyed this post, let us know below in the comments if you have ever been to New Orleans or are you making plans to visit this year?
We are going back again as we can’t imagine anywhere else that could be better to visit for Halloween or at any time of the year!
None of these places paid us to recommend them, We are not being paid from anyone to talk about any of these places or activities. This is just a blog post that we wanted to share and tell you about how much we loved the great city of New Orleans! We are just keeping it real with you as always!
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