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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans July 11th 2014

Sleeping in a bed last night felt so good! We had a good sleep in and met up with Christine at 10:30am for a cemetery tour (this city has the most cemeteries ever!) Before we start the tour though we stop by a pub to start our day in true nawlins style... by having a Bloody Mary :) this helps with the minor hangover a little. After the cemetery tour Christine leaves us and the group have lunch at the most famous restaurant in the city called Antonies, it's a very fancy restaurant but they have the best lunch special $20 for a 4 course meal and with the meal you also get 25c martinis... which is completely insane! :) after lunch some of us go back to the hotel for a couple of hours to ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans July 10th 2014

Woke up early this morning to head off the New orleans! On our way there we drove through the Jackson from the J.Cash song and mysteriously out of nowhere the passenger side window in our van exploded!!! Took a little bit of time to get it covered so we could get to New Orleans but it wasn't too much of a hassle and didn't cause too much of a delay! We got to New Orleans in the early evening and we starting in our first hotel of the tour :) we checked in and got ready for our first night out on the town and a ghost tour! We had dinner at a nice restaurant and Christine took us on the ghost tour (she previously gave these tours when she lived in NOLA!) the city seems ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans June 13th 2014

Oh NOLA NOLA, how you've bewitched and enchanted me! I could have stayed inside you forever. You'll have to excuse this post a bit, too much happened and I am so slow in keeping this updated, major events may be missed. New Orleans, what is there not to love? The whispering cypress trees draped with Spanish moss? Love it. Wandering back through time in the magical French quarter? Love it! Stopping in the heat to absorb the rhythms of a jazz and blues street band? Adore it! Munching on Beignets, rum sauced covered bread puddings and po'boys washed down with some purple haze Abita? Oh my god scoff it! Scoff it all! Nothing! New Orleans. I like you. I like you very much. Just as you are. My first night in New Orleans I wandered across ... read more
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Noen dager har gått siden vi forlot New Orleans, og vi er nå på plass i Florida og koser oss med sol, sommer og bading, herlig! Men de dagene vi hadde i New Orleans! Fy, for noen dager! Uten å ha planlagt det kom vi til byen under den årlige jazz fest, og det var så gøy! Bokstavelig talt konserter på hvert gatehjørne og i hver eneste bar eller utested du gikk inn på. Og det var jo så mye bra! Nei, New Orleans levde så utrolig opp til forventningene jeg hadde, hit vil jeg tilbake! Legger også ved noen bilder fra San Antonio og Austin i Texas. Finfint der og, men det skjer jo så mye nytt hver dag at når jeg setter meg ned for å skrive om det er det bare siste dagers ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans April 8th 2014

So, we've done country, blues and soul. Now it's time for Jazz. New Orleans (or as they pronounce it N'Awlins) - home of Satchmo (Louis Armstrong), Mardi Gras and the French Quarter (Vieux Carre). It's an early start as our train leaves Memphis at 6-50 am, and we're slightly concerned as our taxi turns up 10 mins late. Shouldn't have worried; the train is running one and a half hours late! It's the Chicago to New Orleans overnighter and no one has any idea how or why it was running late......till the one of the attendants spilled the beans - it left Chicago late and they didn't know why! We have lower level coach seats which is pretty comfortable for a 9 hour journey - loads of leg room, reclining seats and power points. No Wi-Fi ... read more
India House Hostel - NO
A Neptune Monsoon drink at Port of Call
A nicer French Quater Street

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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 17th 2014

Fort Walton Beach and New Orleans January was a lazy month. We stayed at the Marina Bay Resort in Fort Walton Beach, read books, watched TV, went to the movies, made some new friends in the couple in the unit next door and enjoyed dinners , bbq’s and a trip to Funiac Springs with them. We rode around the immediate area and did one long ride- the Timpoochee trail to Panama City Beach- beautiful – long low dunes, with lagoons just behind the dunes. Combine this with Florida weather and you can understand the rows of condominiums that line the trail. The cycle track was great, but judging by the number of bikes to rent, would be impossible crowded in summer- there are advantages to being here in winter. All the resorts offer “snow ... read more
Ice on the picnic area, Fort Walton Beach
first bus breakdown, Mobile
Gulf Intra coastal waterway

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 22nd 2014

Jan. 21. We left San Antonio late morning and headed east on I10. I waved hello to Houston, but we didn't stop. Houston has a very impressive road system and we were very glad that we drove through it at 1:00 PM and not at rush hour. As we were expecting a long and boring ride on I10, we put an audio book, The Goldfinch, on and listened to it all the way. We crossed the border into Louisiana and got our first Mardi Gras beads at the LA Welcome Center. After about 6 hours on the road, we stopped for the night at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Lafayette. We have stayed in several Comfort Inns this trip and they have all been very nice & comfortable. The girl at the front desk recommended ... read more
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On the Road to New Orleans
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 15th 2014

Reflections on Our Visit toe New Orleans - Part 2 On the Saturday morning, after waiting for over an hour for the bus, we asked for a lift into town from the owner of the RV Park. We had a lovely breakfast of light and fluffy pancakes and eggs Benedict at Stanley’s on Jackson Square. (The restaurant was packed and we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. Most of the restaurants and bars in New Orleans seem to be thriving again.) Jackson Square earns it name for one of three bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located in the centre of the square. It is also the location of an open-air artist colony, where artists display their work on the outside of the iron fence. We had arranged a guided tour of the areas ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 1st 2014

Step back in time to the days of Mark Twain as you board the Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA). Visiting New Orleans in early March was breezy and somewhat chilly, but an enjoyable cruise and interesting education about the river. During our stroll in the French Quarter earlier in the day, we could hear the lively musical dance of the steam calliope. Historically, the Greek mythology tells us that Calliope (Kalliope) was the oldest daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. As the eldest of the Muses, she was a goddesses of music, song and dance. In artwork representations, Calliope is typically shown holding a tablet or a scroll representing poetry, but in some of the older artwork, she is shown holding a lyre as representation of music and song. That’s the history lesson, so now ... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans December 20th 2013

I am still trying to come to terms with our experience in New Orleans. The birthplace of jazz was the city on this road trip for which I had the most enthusiasm and highest expectations. And it was in New Orleans that I experienced the most disappointment. New Orleans is a city with many faces. It is proud to call itself the ‘birthplace of jazz’ and rightfully so. Yet, for the most part, the jazz played in the many clubs on Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street is ‘party jazz’. There is nothing wrong with this; I prefer jazz more serious and was disappointed. There was only one ‘proper’ jazz club that I could fine, Snug Harbor on Frenchman Street, where the jazz was played for listening and not as background music for a party. New Orleans ... read more
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