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We drove into New Orleans in the late morning. We walked through Jackson Square. There were bands playing jazz music. It was very neat. Then the first stop was Cafe Du Monde. We had beignets and cafe au lait. It was very crowded. The cafe was cash only. The waiters paid the cooks for the food when they picked it up from the kitchen. Then you paid the waiter in cash. I’m assuming their pay was the difference in how much the cost of the food was in the kitchen and what the customer paid them for the food. Next we went to the waterfront. Then into the St Louis Cathedral. We spent about an hour in the Louisiana State Museum. Then we ate a great lunch at the Gumbo Shop. After lunch we walked down ... read more
Jackson Square
Jackson Square
Jackson Square

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans April 24th 2018

Google Maps says the drive from Live Oak Ridge Park in Belton TX to French Quarter RV Resort in New Orleans LA is 522 miles and would take 8 hours 9 minutes, but that doesn’t compensate for food and fuel stops nor for my “less-than-the-limit-while-pulling” speed; sooo, I planned a one-night stop at Twelve Oaks RV Park in Lake Charles LA. That gave me a final leg of just over three “Google Maps” hours and 200 miles which would place my arrival time in the heart of New Orleans between the morning and evening rush hours. Informational Irene (my GPS) again performed flawlessly, and both trips were uneventful save some major road construction that caused a couple of major delays between Belton and Lake Charles. I was glad I hadn’t tried to make the entire trip ... read more
“Uncle Larry, You Ready to Dive In?” – My First Look into the French Quarter
“Jazzy” Crab Cake Platter – I Got a Head Start Before the Photo Op
The Upper Level of the Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Provides Better Sightseeing and Photo Ops

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 14th 2018

New Orleans Louisiana We reached our destination. - New Orleans. It is often called NOLA – New Orleans NO Louisiana LA. We arrived mid afternoon on Friday 9 Feb. Our choice of accommodation for the next 5 days was an AirBnB, located just outside of the city area. As with most residential areas close to the city there is a mix of nice and nasty in terms of buildings and people. This is probably one of the disadvantages of AirBnB – not easy to work out where the accommodation actually is in the context of the broader area. MARDI GRAS During the Mardi Gras period which starts on 6 January in New Orleans, there will be many parades; some simply walking and others with floats, marching bands and so on. Each of the parades are organized ... read more
Waiting for our first parade
Parade - Krewe of Iris
Mardi Gras NO

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 12th 2018

So Monday started in a fairly relaxed fashion. There were only two parades tody, Opheus and Proteus, and they didn’t start until 5.15 (according to the schedule) So we had a day to explore the city. We decided to get a streetcar, AKA a tram, and just see where the road went. Five minutes on the tram and I suggested we find Lafayette cemetery. I really need a destination. We got off at St Charles avenue thinking we could catch the tram down to Lafayette. Now St Charles Avenue is one of the streets the parades come down. Soo the trams weren’t running, 6 hours before the parade and they had already been cancelled. It wasn’t just us that got caught. There was a local man who was quite upset that he couldn’t catch the streetcar ... read more
Lafayette Cemetary
Relaxing at an Irish pub
Krewe Proteus

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 11th 2018

So when you can’t make it to the parades the parades come to you. This morning as we left the breakfast room we could see floats out the front of our hotel. We walked out to see the Krewe of Thoth floats all driving down the road to their meeting point at the start of the parade route. No-one was on them, they were just getting ready for their parade. So, we got a free preview. The weather forecast was set for rain, rain and more rain today so we mapped out some indoorsy activities instead of going to the parades. The weather here has been interesting. Its been overcast and a bit rainy the whole time, but not cold. Most of the time I’ve been running around in t-shirts which is OK until it does ... read more
Royal Street Shopping
Voodoo Museum
Mississippi River

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 10th 2018

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 ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 10th 2018

So, after a fantastic night's sleep we were up at a reasonable hour. The beds are very comfortable. We had breakfast at the hotel and then made our way to the French quarter. We worked out if we walked directly across the road, Bourbon street is only a few blocks away. We crossed over it without me even noticing until we got to Royal St. Which is fine because Royal street leads straight onto St Charles where todays parades are. The walk down royal street was really interesting. Lots of little gift shops and galleries. Definitely worth further exploration, but this morning we were on a mission to find St Charles Avenue and the grandstand we had booked tickets for. We found Lafayette Square and the ticket booth. picked up our tickets and made our way ... read more
Krewe of Isis
The Little Marching Band
Rolling Elvises

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 26th 2018

We arrived safely in New Orleans after some very bad roads on the way in. I don't think I have ever driven on worse roads anywhere in the world than those in New Orleans. I once thought the roads on I-81 in PA, NY, CT were bad, but nothing had prepared me for the roads here. Thought the RV was going to come apart in the pot holes big enough to swallow my pickup. French Road coming to our RV park, Pontchartrain Landing, was the worst! Iron bar-covered windows/doors and graffiti throughout the surrounding neighborhood was its most noticeable feature. My confidence was a little shaken driving in, but the RV park was OK and seemed safe enough. The park was basically a gravel/dirt parking lot in an industrial area, but was only 15 minutes from ... read more
Say Cheese!
Jazz Performers
Mi Hyon's Beignets

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 4th 2018

New Orleans has so much character, I love it! It was a great place to ring in the New Year, particularly considering 2018 marks New Orleans' 300 year anniversary. It's too bad it was freezing, I had been looking forward to getting a bit of a reprieve from the -20 Celsius weather here in Toronto. Sure, it wasn't quite that cold, but it was below 0 and that was enough to keep us from heading to Jackson Square for the fleur de lis drop at midnight and fireworks show. Instead we prowled Bourbon Street, bar hopping until we stumbled into a place with a fantastic jazz band. Although the plan was to head to Jackson Square as midnight approached, we opted to stay in that warm bar and ring in the new year to some live ... read more
Horse Post
Canal Street, New Years Eve
Bourbon Street

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans December 22nd 2017

Today, Renata and I are heading out to a swamp and plantation with Cajun Pride tours. Our first stop was the swamp tour where Renata and I saw various alligators, turtles, birds and raccoons. We even got to hold a baby alligator! After the swamp tour, Renata and I headed to Oak Valley Plantation. Known for its beautiful alley of Oak Trees, Oak Alley Plantation was previously a sugar plantation; now a historical site. During our visit to Oak Alley Plantation, Renata and I learned about the history of the plantation and visited the slave quarters. We also tried a delicious non-alcoholic mint julep while exploring the grounds. A lot of film productions have been filmed at Oak Alley plantation, including a scene from the movie Interview with the Vampire. After the plantation tour, we headed ... read more
Swamp Tour
Swamp Tour
Swamp Tour

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