Monday, November 10, 2014

Buzz Bike Tour


It's no secret that Tim and I loooove biking, so of course we signed up for a bike tour in New Orleans!!!  

Buzz Nola is the #1 attraction on Trip Advisor, so we decided to go with them!  I was having the hardest time deciding between the Complete Crescent Tour and the Southern Splendor Tour until Tim picked the Complete Crescent, and I'm so glad he did!
We loved our tour so much that we wanted to book the Southern Splendor Tour as well, but they were all booked up because they are so popular!  And, they now have a Garden/Quarter combo tour for those who can't decide!  Great idea if you ask me!  We ended up renting bikes the next day for some more bike fun!

We biked through the Treme neighborhood, over to City Park (which is bigger than Central Park in NYC, btw!), through the Bayou Saint John neighborhood, and back to the French Quarter!

It was so awesome seeing the colorful houses along the way, and seeing that Creole influence!

Ahhhh oak trees!!!! I LOVE oak trees!

It was really interesting learning about the cemeteries in New Orleans!  They have a very unique process going on in their tombs.  Another reason that New Orleans is such an interesting city is the way they remember their dead in a celebration rather than in a somber way.

City Park!

We stopped for beignets at Morning Call in City Park, and let me tell you, they were even better than Cafe Du Monde and cheaper! Yum!

Uh, can you tell I love oak trees?  Tim crossed over to the oak lovers side after this trip too!

Below is the oldest oak tree in New Orleans!
And his little baby oak tree!

This monument below is the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, and it has some interesting significance (read about it here!)
Louis Armstrong Park, in the Treme neighborhood, honors a legendary musician and many more who were important to jazz. 
Buddy Bolden statue
The park is also home to Congo Square, where jazz essentially started back when Sundays off meant that African citizens had to hang out in Congo Square or be at another job.  This is where the music formed. 

Bottom line, we both loved this tour because it was so informative and real.  It was led by a real history buff who seriously knows his stuff!  I learned so much about one of my favorite cities!  And knowing I was a jazz lover, our guide made our tour extra special by bringing us by these two buildings. 
These are the last two clubs in the city where Louis Armstrong was known to have played!!  Can you believe that everything else is gone, including his childhood home?

PS- did you know you can unofficially run/walk/bike down the street car tracks?  So fun!
Our guide was just wonderful!  We toured with Brandon, who co-owns the company with his wife Erin.  They're both very friendly and were full of recommendations to everyone wanting an authentic experience!  We told them we were planning on heading down to Frenchmen Street for Halloween (more on that later!) and not only did they recommend a few specific spots to see some great jazz musicians (more on that later too!), but they even came down and met up with us for a drink!  Great people!
We loved BUZZ nola and highly recommend them to anyone heading to New Orleans in the future!

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