After California, we flew to Southern USA to New Orleans. Completely different from everywhere else we’d seen in the states, we loved the food, the music and saying “y’all”.

We got there for the last day of Jazz Festival. Though in New Orleans, the jazz capital of the world, everyday feels like a music festival. Everyday, on the streets of the French Quarter there is street music. At night, tourists take a walk down Bourbon Street, where you can most definitely find music to your taste. You can walk from one bar to the next with your daiquiri-filled paper cup.

While we were here we had a food checklist that we were determined to complete:

• Shrimp and Grits
• Jambalaya
• Gumbo
• Southern Fried Chicken
• Key Lime Pie
• Pecan Pie
• Po’Boy Sandwich
• Meat Loaf
• Chicken Pot Pie

Our favourite eateries were the French Market, Brennan’s, Mena’s Palace, Coops Place and Antoine’s Annex. Though if you don’t like spicy food, and you are not prepared to put on half a stone, then these places are not for you.

Our next stop was Philadelphia (hometown of the Fresh Prince himself). After dreaming about a Philly cheesesteak sandwich on the plane, the first thing we did that evening was go to Philly’s top-rated place for them, Pat’s King of Steaks. It happens to be Will Smith’s favourite.

The following day we spent in the historical district checking out the obvious tourist sights.

Independence Hall

The Liberty Bell

City Tavern – the oldest pub in town

Elfreth’s Alley – The city’s oldest street

Whilst in the USA, it was our mission to see a game of some sort. Even if you’re not into sport, it’s a must because the atmosphere is just electric. We went to see the Phillies V San Diego Padres. We won! And we were on the big screen.

Keeping with the sports theme, on the Saturday we ran up the Rocky steps at the Museum of Art. On the way here we saw some Philadelphia’s amazing new and old architecture and the Robert Indiana Love Sculpture.

gonna fly…

City Hall

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

On our last day we went to the house of the famous 19th century American poet, Edgar Allen Poe. A great sight, because it is free and particularly eerie inside. Around the corner is a fantastic wall mural of the poet.

Our next and final stop: NYC!