New Orleans, LA.
Today we had a free day in New Orleans to do what we wanted, we met people in the morning to head down to the Voodoo museum. Voodoo has been apart of New Orleans history since the city was first established, the museum explores history, traditions and legends of voodoo and the famous voodoo 'queen' Marie Laveau.
The museum wasn't as large as I anticipated, instead it was two snug rooms cramped full of stuff. It was really interesting reading all the different facts and history and common misconceptions such as voodoo dolls being used to harm people. Voodoo dolls were used in medicine, when a patient visited a doctor they would use a doll stick a pin in it so he would know were the patients problem was for when he returned (or something like that.) It is also really cheap to get in so I would highly recommend going.
We then took a street car to look at the mansions and visit a cemetery. The mansions were insane and oh so beautiful painted in pastel colours, it was dreamy. Although they were huge I can't even begin to imagine what living in a mansion feels like. All the trees that were on the street were draped in beads which added to its charm. We then visited the cemetery, New Orleans are famous for their above ground vaults, New Orleans is below sea level so areas flood so they bury their dead above ground so if flooding happens the bodies aren't dug up by the water.
The food in New Orleans was my favourite, we went to this restaurant and they din't have anything vegetarian on the menu so they made me the most amazing vegetable pasta! Our group then split up, me and another girl wanted to ride a boat across the Mississippi river whilst the others went clothes shopping. I would've loved to do the steamboat tour but we just took the ferry across the river and came back again. The French market was recommended by our tour guide and we was both hoping to find some unique items to take home with us, however when we arrived a few stalls were packing up and the items being sold were typical tourist items so we were a little disappointed, maybe it is a lot better on different days. So we then went to bourbon street to find souvenirs and walked back to the hotel to relax for a bit.
At night we had the ghost tour, I was really looking forward to this, I was expecting walking through cemetery's, going inside haunted buildings etc. it was not like that all. Instead we had a guide who walked us around the streets of New Orleans and told us various stories about different buildings. The stories were interesting we saw Delphine LaLauries house, or the sight were it was (it burnt down when she made her escape and then was rebuilt.) There were ten stories in total from vampires, witchcraft etc. However, I googled some of the stories when I got home to try and learn more about them and see how much truth was in them and some of them appear to be made up such as the story of the vampires of the casket girls who were housed at the Ursuline convent, these girl were brought over from France to marry men of New Orleans, when they arrived they were said to be carrying caskets with them which people said had vampires inside. These vampires are said to live on the third floor were no one has entered in years, the third floor has windows that are nailed shut. Our guide told us about one of the windows being ripped off once, and two girls who spent the night filming the building to see what came out of the third floor ended up dying having had their blood drained from their bodies, something I cannot find anything online about! The nailed windows are also said to be hurricane shutters. The ghost tour was also disappointing in the fact it was walking tour around the streets of New Orleans, we paid to go on this tour but there is nothing stopping random people coming up and tagging along, it is also something you could easily do yourself by researching buildings and ghost stories and visiting them whilst you are here since you don't get to enter any of the buildings on the tour.
A few of us headed to Bourbon street, whilst the rest of us went to have another go at tarot and palm reading, I had another turn. This one was interesting, it was a mix of palm, tarot and crystals. This lasy said some pretty interesting and accurate things, she also broke me of some crystal and told me to write three things I want from love and three things I don't want in love, burn it with the crystal and throw it out the door, which I am yet to do. We walked back to the hotel through bourbon street, not staying out late to enjoy having a bed before we go back to camping!
(I am going to try and make my trek america posts as detailed as possible and fit as much in as I can remember, if you have any questions about the tour ask in the comments below and I will do an FAQ at the end.)