Nick and I recently returned from my birthday (paranormal and history) trip to Louisiana. Currently neighboring the swamp state, I wanted to take the opportunity to visit while still residing in Austin. The short trip was the perfect amount of time spent, having stayed a couple of nights in New Orleans before heading out to Saint Francisville.
On our arrival we checked into Hotel Provincial in the French Quarter. Erected in the early 1800s and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Hotel Provincial is in the top 10 for most haunted hotels in New Orleans. Unfortunately, we arrived late to the packed city and did not get a room in the most haunted building 5 I had requested for.
The next day we sauntered through the French Quarter and visited the French Market and Jackson Square historic park and walked along the Mississippi River.
Before heading out of the city to visit a nearby plantation, I wanted to visit Marie Laveau House of Voodoo. Swarming with people, it felt claustrophobic with bodies and a store full of voodoo dolls, tarot cards, books of voodoo and spells, large heads and weird creatures.
Later in the evening after visiting the plantation and having a great dinner (which I will post more on this later), we joined a Thriller and Killer Ghost Tour. A two-hour tour, we walked around the French Quarter absorbing stories of past murders and ghost haunting and sightings.
On our last day in New Orleans I got my first tarot reading, which was very positive and lots of fun. Afterwards, we had lunch at our second sought after vegan joint before visiting and doing a food haul at the New Orleans Whole Foods Market and taking off for Saint Francisville.
We enjoyed our visit and had a fun and enlightening time. I am fascinated with the history and culture of New Orleans, but I can careless about its party scene. Thus, the short time spent was plenty good and I was ecstatic about our visit to the small town countryside.