Wrecked Boat in Bucktown, August 2012
As we approach the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, many people ask us, why are you still doing a Post Katrina Tour? As any trip through the Upper Ninth Ward will show you, there is still quite a lot to see–homes that haven't been touched since the storm, roads that remain barely passable, neighborhoods that continue to wait for residents to return. This story, which aired on local TV station WWL just last night, highlights one of the biggest barriers for many residents: repairing infrastructure. In fact, the current state of the roads and the level of construction in the Lower Ninth Ward has led local officials to enforce a long dormant rule prohibiting tour companies from operating tours in the Lower Ninth Ward. As a result, we have reviewed both our Post Katrina Tour and our New Orleans City and Katrina Tour and created new routes that will highlight the areas of the city that we are still able to visit and where so much devastation can still be seen. You can find the details of the new routes on both tours by visiting the tour description pages for the Post Katrina Tour here and for the New Orleans City and Katrina Tour here. You can also see recent photos taking during this rerouting process on both pages.
The Army Corps of Engineers can be a touchy subject here in New Orleans, but an announcement today that the Corps has awarded a new project to help protect the Westbank of New Orleans is welcome news for Terrytown residents. This new project will help ensure that the area an area of the Westbank that can be found due south of downtown New Orleans will be further protected from what is known as the 10 year rainfall, or an amount of rain so heavy–about 9 inches over a 24 hour period–it is only expected to occur once every ten years. Although it comes with a high price tag and is expected to take three years to complete, the project will help ensure that one more area of this below level city is a little safer in the face of heavy rains.
This week we'll be counting down our favorite summertime activities in New Orleans on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/toursbyisabelle, starting off with today's activity in the #5 position: cooling off on an airboat! Even if this fast, fun ride doesn't cool you down, the beauty of the bayou (and probably the shade from the cypress trees) will be sure to distract you from the July heat. If nothing else, it's always cooler getting out of the city and onto the water! Join in the conversation on Facebook and share your favorite activities and photos!
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It is the perfect time of year to visit New Orleans–not too hot, but warm enough to enjoy alligators if you visit the swamps! Of course, you can always enjoy alligator at the French Market or at any number of New Orleans eateries if you're feeling adventurous…Nevertheless, it is the perfect time of year to enjoy plantation gardens, visits to the swamp, or just to explore our fabulous city. We are busy and reservations are a must, so if you're planning your trip call us today! 1-888-223-2093 or you can e-mail email@example.com. See you soon!
Anyone who has ventured outside the French Quarter will quickly notice that the city of New Orleans has very few streets that move in a straight line. Due to the curving nature of the Mississippi River, which makes a big U shape through the city, it can be difficult to navigate New Orleans by traditional directions. Due to the curves of the river, the Westbank is South of the city, much of the Northshore is due East of the city, and the river itself flows due North in front of the French Quarter! As such, we do not use cardinal directions, but rather use the four corners of NOLA: Uptown, Downtown, Riverside, and Lakeside. Of course, our road signs still use the cardinal directions, but a quick drive along Business 90, the road that crosses the Mississippi on the Crescent City Connection, shows that the road signs often say West when you're traveling East–and vice versa! So if you want to make getting around the city easy, get used to hearing people tell you that the place you're looking for is on the Riverside of the intersection that you'll reach by heading Uptown.