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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 12th 2020

My flight home wasn't until 5:00 PM (except then it was delayed but more on that later) and I wanted to have time to visit New Orleans before heading to the airport. Left my cozy condo at 7 AM on another foggy morning and hit the road. The drive was easy, although foggy all the way until just before the city. My friendly Google Maps navigator had me exit I-10 at Elysian Fields Ave, which runs through the 7th Ward. I noticed many of the houses looked pretty run down yet most had cheerful Mardi Gras decorations hanging on their balconies. Eventually I turned onto Decatur Street and proceeded to look for a parking lot. I read ahead of time that parking on the street in the city is not advised because the meters are tricky ... read more
New Orleans!
Beignets to go
Powdered sugar everywhere!

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 1st 2020

In the world of college football, bowl games are beauty pageants at the end of the season that both end the year and set up the next one. Unless you’re playing for a national championship, that is. All the other games at the end of December and the beginning of January are understood to show the direction of your program—if you win the bowl game, you’re in good shape and get a little boost going into next year. Lose, and some people may get fired, but questions will certainly be asked about the health of your program. There are also several levels to bowl games; let’s call them tiers. The Playoff is the top tier, since only the four teams involved in it have a shot at winning the title. The next tier comprises the “New ... read more
It will never disappoint you
Make sure to get cheese on your burger here
The Superdome in New Orleans

North America » United States » Louisiana » Baton Rouge October 26th 2019

It was a Tiger-off in the Bayou on Saturday, my first top-10 matchup of the season. After I bought my ticket for the LSU-Auburn game last week while at Alabama, I had a little bit of buyer’s remorse. Had I made the right choice? For one, Baton Rouge is a little bit further away from my house than I had expected. Second, I had been an Auburn fan at one point, having attended several games at Auburn before I ever attended my first as a UGA student. And lastly, I only knew one person in Baton Rouge, but she said she would actually be out of town for the weekend. Nevertheless, I have wanted to attend a game here for a long time. I would’ve come to LSU last year when UGA played, but tickets were ... read more
Definitely felt like the bayou early in the morning
Memorial Tower, icon of LSU
Gateway to LSU

North America » United States » Louisiana October 11th 2019

THE IMPETUOUS YOUTH OF AMERICA When Clyde Barrow dropped out of grade school at Cedar Hill near West Dallas in 1925 he was sixteen years old, in 7th grade, and barely literate. His prospects were few. By the time he met Bonnie Parker at the American Café in 1930 he had been arrested on seven counts of theft over $50 for stealing cars and would soon be convicted on all counts. The court passed sentence of two years for each count to be served at the Texas State Prison in Huntsville. At the age of 15 years Bonnie Parker got married to young thug named Roy Thornton, but Roy apparently preferred to be in jail as married to Bonnie. The happy couple never bothered to get a divorce, but they never saw one another again after ... read more
FIELD OF FIRE
FIRING POSITION
LAWMEN


I knew that the American Queen had Hop On Hop Off buses at all stops along the river. What I didn’t know was that they brought their own to every stop. Three branded buses follow the boat (it is a boat not a ship) wherever it goes to provide this service. It’s a pretty slick operation. Our first stop this morning was an example of a small mid western town, with churches, Town Hall, Courthouse and very pretty houses lining the streets. We’re still in Louisiana. The highlight was a visit to The Myrtles Plantation and a guided tour through what is purported to be the largest haunted house in the south. The whole experience was made more real with actors in costume telling their tales in each room. It is all Chloe the house slave’s ... read more
Nose in to the bank
The Grace Episcopal Church
The organ inside dates right back to 1860.

North America » United States » Louisiana » Baton Rouge June 25th 2019

The Mississippi is currently 30-40 feet above normal. What we see as little bushes above the water are really big trees. We weren’t able to stop at Nottoway plantation today as the method of docking used there is called ‘stumping’ i.e. tying the ropes to tree stumps, and the stumps are all under water so we’re sailing today and stopping tomorrow at Francisville. We left an hour or so late yesterday as some passengers had been delayed by stormy weather at Houston. It was really magical in the evening watching the lights of ships and onshore facilities all lit up with the shadows of trees occasionally interrupting the view. I could have stayed out all night. Below Baton Rouge all the traffic is industrial with ships and barges carrying anything from oil and coal to sugar ... read more
Watching another paddlesteamer
Outside our cabin (woops stateroom) Arizona
At close quarters with a freighter

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans June 22nd 2019

Hi Everyone We have been enjoying 3 days in New Orleans one of the oldest city’s in America. Some of the houses here are 300 hundred yrs old. New Orleans is on the Mississippi river. The street cars are very old but popular and cheap. New Orleans is very different to other cities,the traffic is terrible,they dont stop at pedestrian crossings. We have enjoyed our time here. Tommorrow we drive to Houston airport and our flight leaves at 9.15 and our long journey begins. Thank you all for travelling with us,hopefully you have enjoyed our photos. KS... read more
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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans June 21st 2019

We’ve hit New Orleans, or Nawlans as the locals say. That’s what the guide said on our tour of the city. If Savannah was hot this is even hotter. We’re staying in the French Quarter right in the middle of all the action. Bourbon St, where all the music and real action happens at night is only two blocks away. Bars have their own bands playing recognisable (to us) songs ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, patrons, and music spilling out onto the narrow street. With coloured lights and signs flashing it’s a real party atmosphere. You can tell the tourists. They just look bewildered. Except ones much younger than us drinking out of flat sided large jars with straws, fishbowls they are called, $10 and a refill for $7. Every morning the clean up brigade is out ... read more
Beignets
Cafe Beignet
An unusual house seen on our city tour

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans June 21st 2019

Oak Alley is a beautiful antebellum (pre civil war) mansion built brick by brick, by slaves in 1805 to house the family of Jacques Roman, part of a wealthy land and slave owning family. Together they owned on average 892 men, women and children as slaves with about 200 of them on the Oak Alley estate. This is known because their names are all recorded as business transactions. Situated on the western bank of the Mississippi about an hour’s drive out of the city it is famous for the alley of magnificent live oak trees leading up to the house. Crossing one of the bridges we could see how high the river is. We’re lucky to be visiting it from New Orleans as the tour being run on the first day on the boat has been ... read more
A map showing the layout of Oak Alley
View from the upstairs balcony towards the river
Part of the Alley

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans June 11th 2019

The final leg of my westward expansion from Pensacola to New Orleans was dry but very HOT. The temp when I started out at 11:00 was 91 degrees and ended up being the low for the day- the high was 96. Thanks to the non-free states of Alabama- Mississippi- and Louisiana, I had to wear helmet #1 (mandatory helmet laws). Those of you that have been following my blogs for the last 10 years have heard my reviews of New Orleans before. Besides stopping in the Big Easy on the Cajun-Parrot Run in 2013 and the Last Corner Ride in 2014, New Orleans is my favorite and one of my most frequented cities in U.S.. If you haven't made it to NO you need to put it on your list. However, I've found that most people ... read more
Olivia from Sydney Australia
Alex the Erin Rose Bartender
Bourbon Street early in the day




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