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From the Anchor Desk
Sunday, May 25, 2008

By Brian Bailey

A spare day in the Big Easy

By Brian Bailey
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NEW ORLEANS — With the East Carolina Pirates out of the Conference USA tournament, I had Saturday to see the city of New Orleans.

I think everyone should see Bourbon Street once. That should do it for most of us.

I turned down the “Voodoo Tour”, the “Ghost Tour” and the “Swamp Tour” in favor of the “City/Cemetery Tour” through New Orleans.

The three-hour venture featured all the history of the French Quarter. The many different styles of architecture were amazing. The mansions were stunning. Most of those places weren’t affected all that much by Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina devastation, though, was a major part of the tour. The levees that broke and the many empty houses and lots told the story. Most of New Orleans has cleaned up, but some of the people that left will certainly never return.

The best part of the tour was walking through the cemeteries. They call it the “City of the Dead.”

We toured St. Louis Cemetery #3. It’s not as famous, or so our tour guide said, as St. Louis Cemetery #1, where legendary Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is buried. I’ll certainly take his word for it.

One of the other cemeteries we visited was the site where part of the movie "Double Jeopardy" was shot. That movie starred Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd. It’s one of my all-time favorites. In the movie Judd almost spends her last time on earth in one of the tombs.

We also went through the Mannings' neighborhood. Super Bowl champion quarterbacks Peyton and Eli were raised right there in New Orleans when Dad Archie was with the Saints.

I am amazed at the many different restaurants, cafes and general hole-in-the-wall places there are in downtown New Orleans.

It’s been fun but, with the Pirates out of the tournament, it’s certainly time to get home.

Every time I go away it makes me appreciate eastern North Carolina, Greenville and East Carolina that much more.


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05/25/2008 03:26:51 AM


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