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Published: February 10th 2018
Just wandering around town
So this is just the precurser to get me warmed up into writing again. Hopefully I will finish the works on the whole trip this time.
So the basics. Flights were long. 23 hour to land in New Orleans. The first leg into LA was the longest, 14 hours into LAX, with turbulance the whole way. Made sleeping a near on impossible task. I'd just nod off and the plane would shake around again and again....and again. By the end I was almost ready to cry, for God's sake can't you stop the plane from moving around! Because pilots can control that kind of thing right? I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep toward the end. Poor Mis Jo only managed half an hour. She made up for it on the three hour flight to Houstan (which was much smoother) and slept like a baby. We had a very short stopover in Houstan where we navigated the airport like pros and arrived in NOLA at 5.20. Bags and limbs all intact.
We had an interesting cab ride to the hotel. Upon hearing it was my first time state side the cabbie was very excited. "oh Baby, Baby oh you are gonnna luuurve New Orleens, umm hmmm. You gonna eat the best food in the world umm hmm." All the time zipping in and out of freeway traffic like it was nothing
When we arrrived at our hotel, checked in, oh-ed and ah-ed over our lovely room. Then went for a walk to find something to eat. 25 hours travelling, we were a bit tired and peckish. Jo worked out the way to Bourban street so we headed in that direction. She also spotted a liquor store on the way and suggested we get a bottle on the way back. Very resourceful is our Miss Jo. We found Bourban street, clearly marked by the bunch of drunk young men on the corner
Went for a walk. Found Bourban street. Marked out by bunch of drunk young guys arguing over which direction they should be walking. We wandered along Bourban St for a while but it was a bit rowdy for two very tired travellers. So we wandered a bit further afield. We found a nice little (quiet) place to eat where our waiter, Angelo, took very good care of us. I had my first try of southern food. Fried Green Tomatos for entree then Jambalya, which is "dirty" rice and chicken and chirozo. I forgot to ask Angelo what Dirty rice is. Whatever it is, it was quite yummy. We couldn't remember what the right tip amount was but we knew its a thing here. So we started chatting to the nice ladies at the table next to us who told us it is in between 15% to 20%. Which was very helpful. However luckily for us Angelo had already calculated it and written it on the bottom of the bill. Yep he takes care of his patrons. lol
After dinner we contemplated trying to find a parade but we were both tire and it was to hard to work out where it was. So we walked home (via the wine store) and hit the showers. Tommorrow, we hit New Orleans proper!
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