New Orleans, Louisiana
The most amazing tour I have ever been on. The guide/historian spent 4+ hours with us in a small van and took us everywhere. She went through it herself and was on the front lines rescuing people and animals. Even 8 years later a lot of the houses are still left with the holes in the roof, the debris about and sad stories. She explained what happened in each community to the levees, the storm canals, the houses, the people and the pets. Did you know that it is the law in the United States that BOTH people and their pets MUST be evacuated together. It turns out people died in New Orleans because they would not leave their pets behind. And then, when they were forced to leave, thousands of pets died. But the big story here is that the city has returned much stronger because they had to fight to keep it. You can feel the vitality and sense of renewal that began about 4 years ago. They have started to rebuild the houses in the 9th ward, in Saint Bernard and the other communities where that were flooded to the roof tops. They had to free up a lot of the bylaws and so there are shops, restaurants, bars open at all hours, they exist everywhere for everything and people seem a lot freer somehow. I highly recommend this tour.
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