Wednesday, November 29, 2017

French Quarter Carriage Tours

   One of the special delights of visiting New Orleans' French Quarter is taking a guided tour via a mule drawn carriage.
    First of all, I was surprised to find out that these shiny coated, strong "horses" were actually mules. Mules are preferred for their resistance to the heat and their stamina; not to mention they seem to be quite cooperative.
   Secondly, I was amazed by how much our guide and driver knew about the fascinating history of New Orleans. Along with the history came tales of ghosts, voodoo, yellow fever, and murder.
   And last of all, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the architecture. Diverse styles blend together in a symphony of balconies, tall shuttered doors, and soft, Carribean colors. This American city, now almost 300 years old, is truly one of the world's most unique and charming.

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