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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans December 5th 2016

Geo: 29.9497, -90.077Frequent showers kept us mostly on the coach for a drive-around city tour today. We listened to more jazz and I'm thinking I prefer strings to brass instruments.We boarded the American Queen around 3pm. After unpacking (the generous cabin storage allowed a complete emptying of our luggage) we explored the boat and had a boat drill.Hopefully the below link will give you an overview of the read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans December 3rd 2016

Geo: 29.9498, -90.0769Morning flight to New Orleans.Tucked in below Lake Pontchartrain with the Mississippi delta to the east and south, New Orleans (nicknamed "The Big Easy" or NOLA) has little land suitable for building. What is available is very low lying, with an average elevation below sea level. In earlier times NOLA was one of the most important US cities but it has been in decline (relative to other US cities) since the 1860s, and in absolute decline since 1960. Apparently the population has almost returned to its 2005 pre-Katrina level of 400,000 (1.2M in the wider metro area).New Orleans was French from 1718 until 1763, when it was ceded to Spain. Napoleon took it back in 1800 but then sold it to the US as part of the 'Louisiana Purchase' in 1803. He used the ... read more
Felix's Oyster Bar
Bourbon St
Napoleon House

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans September 14th 2016

Day 13 New Orleans A busy hectic day lay head !!! Early rise'ish a final pack and checked out by 11 o'clock, jumped back in the gangster ford for the last time and headed to the airport, about a 30 minute blip down the interstate to Louis Armstrong airport ! Checked in and waited around for the first of our two flights today ! First was a hour ride from New Orleans to Atlanta where we pick up our larger aircraft ! After touchdown in Atlanta and a couple of hours wait we boarded our flight home ! An exhausting flight, train ride, bus journey and eventual drive back home !! We both agree we had great trip, nice seeing the different states, all of them quite different in their own way, lovely people, a great ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans September 13th 2016

Day 12 New Orleans Last full day in New Orleans ! Firstly we headed down to cafe du monde a famous breakfast place in the city that specialises in coffee and doughnuts, so that's what we had ! We had no real plans for today, we had seen most of what we wanted so we just headed downtown to buy a few bits and pieces ! It was another hot hot day so walking about was hard work. On our way back we went for a walk through Louis Armstrong park which was nice but too bloody hot. So once we got what we needed we headed back to the hotel for a last bit of US sunshine ! We half packed up and headed out down the usual for a spot of Grub a huge ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans September 12th 2016

Day 11 New Orleans First full day in New Orleans, so earlyish doors we headed down to the river and went on a paddle steamer "the Natchez" this took us up the river past some sights and back, which took a couple of hours ! Despite the forecast of thunder and lightning every day, the sun was reduculously hot and we both got burnt ! After a spot of lunch we took our knackered and sore feet and sweating bodies and hit the hotel pool for a couple of hours, a much needed relax session ! (A hard life ) For the evening we again headed down bourbon street . . . . Cos that's where it's at !! Pretty rowdy for a Monday ! We ended up in a cool jazz club called fritzels had ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans September 11th 2016

Day 10 New Orleans We got some gas as we left Vicksburg and we headed south to New Orleans which would be our last leg of our trip ! The journey would take about 3 and a half hours and take us across the state lines again from Mississippi to Louisiana ! The trip was going to plan right up to when we entered New Orleans, the sky turned a very angry shade of grey ! The heavens opened up and the mother of all storms raged for about 20 minutes ! We got through it and arrived at our new digs, we quickly headed out for a bite to eat and a few beers, The food of the south is called gumbo so that's what we had . . . Very nice ! We had ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans July 27th 2016

As we drove the coast road from Tallahassee passing through two states Alabama and Mississippi we knew that we would spend more time in these places but for now we were New Orleans bound. As we drew closer to New Orleans we could see the oil rigs out at sea and the Gulf how vulnerable the coast line was along these coastal towns. We saw vacant blocks of beach front properties. With a drive that leads nowhere, a house that once stood and that had been destroyed by hurricanes which torment this part of the world. People have rebuilt wonderful new homes, but have raised them high on piers , just to give extra protection from raising tides.Beaches were full with family's having fun. Entering New Orleans that is protected by levies that try and protect ... read more
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans July 19th 2016

Our last morning in New Orleans. Since we were starting our road trip today, we had plenty of free time, so decided to spend the morning in New Orleans, seeing one of the places that we hadn't visited yet. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans. Due to vandalism by some idiots, the cemetery cannot be visited by individual tourist, and instead people can only visit it on an organised tour. Why is it that the few always spoil it for the many. We had booked a tour the day before with Gray Line, their 'Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour', which was $20+. There are free walking tours, where you only have to pay the $2 entrance fee to the cemetery, but I think we left it too ... read more
Basin St. Station
St. Louis Cemetery #1
St. Louis Cemetery #1

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans July 18th 2016

Our last full day in New Orleans. We had already done quite a lot during our stay in New Orleans, and we had something a little bit special planned for that evening, so we decided to take it easy during the day. We had done pretty much all we wanted to do and had booked cemetery tour for the following morning, so our first part of call was to head out for some breakfast. After doing some research online, we found a place that had good reviews and was a typical diner set up. I hadn't been to a proper diner yet, so wanted to get that checked off my USA to do list. The place we found was on Magazine Street so we headed back to the Garden District. It wasn't too busy as we ... read more
Creole Slammer
Biscuit, Eggs and Gravy
Audubon Park

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans July 17th 2016

Another busy day! We were up early again in the morning as there was a lot we wanted to pack into today. The first thing on our itinerary for the day was to attend the New Orleans School of Cooking. The cuisine of this region is one of things that attracted me to visit the South and I was looking forward to learning more about it. Even though the cooking school is centrally located, we drove there. Having a car is making me so lazy on this trip! Once, we were there, we got all checked in and headed through to the kitchen and dining room. I'm a bit disappointed that this cooking class is really just a demonstration as I would have preferred something more hands on, but meant we got to be lazy, which ... read more
Whitney Plantation

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