Another visit to the French Quarters on Friday. We bought our shuttle tickets and caught the 10am bus into town again. The weather was great. The temps reached 86 but there were intermittent clouds so it didn’t feel real hot all day.
Once again we spent the day walking around trying to take everything in we could in the short time we had in New Orleans. If only we could have gotten away from Lazy Days a week or 2 sooner we would have had more time to hang around. But we didn’t so we made the best of it.
Of course we hit a bunch of areas we didn’t see on Thursday but also retraced a lot of what we DID see on Thursday as well. Once you get walking around you get easily turned around and even looking at the map at times confused us. But that’s not hard LOL!!
Plus the amount of people on the streets were far more than we saw on Thursday. I guess because the Jazz Festival week started today (Friday) the place was pretty packed.
Again I will mainly share a few pictures because just how could a person put into words what you see walking around a place like the French Quarters with all the unusual shops, great eating places, all the pubs with music playing and people watching has to be the best here compared to anyplace we have ever been LOL!! And you still just have to keep the history in the back of your mind and take in all of the great architecture. The place almost put’s you into sensory overload!!
It can also drain a wallet pretty quickly if you don’t pay attention. It’s not often that our lunch alone sets us back over $60 LOL!! And of course popping in and out of pubs can add up pretty quickly as well. The good thing is you soon lose track LOL!!
We lunch at Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar. Diane had Shrimp Creole type dish and I had Oysters in a half shell and an Oyster/Shrimp Po Boy and a couple Bloody Mary’s.
I can’t remember everyplace we went into but I know we stopped in at Pat Obrien’s for a couple drinks and visited the Dueling Piano Bar. (Which didn’t hold a candle to the Dueling Piano Bar we visited in Tempe Arizona a few years back by the way). http://www.patobriens.com/patobriens/neworleans/default.asp
We again stayed down town until we caught our shuttle back home at 4pm. We pretty much chilled the rest of the evening.
The next time we come to New Orleans we will probably stay at the state park just outside of town and plan for a week so we can tour at a more leisurely pace.
I will make one more comment about our campground. I have NO IDEA why a campground would line out camp sites with large rocks. So I will just say for you RVers, be sure to check clearance before opening you’re cargo bay doors!
Ours open passed our slide outs and in this particular case if I had not checked clearance we would have had at least 2 or 3 doors with paint damage. But again I say site 143 is the worst site in the Pontchartrain Campground and should NOT be issued to RV’s over maybe 36’ with slides.
I thought that when we come back to New Orleans we would possibly stay here again but plan ahead and get a much larger water front site but Diane has set me straight,,, once again,,, and said we WILL NOT be staying here in the dust bowl of Pontchartrain again LOL!!
It would help a little if they would enforce the 7mph speed limit but when their own employee’s drive well over that I guess it’s hard to tell everyone else they can’t speed through kicking up dust as well. And with a dog it is a huge challenge to keep then clean. I can’t imagine what it would be like in the rain.
Oh well, we had a good time in New Orleans none the less and will certainly return.
Ok, Saturday 4/26/14 was travel day!! Time to keep heading west. After our tasty breakfast of unsweetened berries and Almond milk and our normal morning routine we were ready to hit the road at 9am. Pretty normal for us.
I was a bit concerned about getting out of our sardine sized campsite but after roughly a 6 point turn under Diane’s watchful eye’s we were free to hook up the Jeep and hit the road.
We had a 270 mile day and once again it was all freeway. And at one point I thought we would spend over 50% of our time on bridges!!! They sure have their go everywhere by boats in the swamps.
It was a pretty uneventful drive except for some bridge construction going through Lake Charles that put everyone in single file but it didn’t last long. And it was nice to pay under $4 for a gallon of diesel!! It’s sad we were happy to pay $3.69 LOL!!
We kept an eye on the weather because a strong front is due to come through. We didn’t really think we would hit it until Sunday or Monday but you never know what can pop up unexpectedly. But nothing did today.
After about 5 1/2 hours on the road we pulled into Gulf Coast RV Resort in Beaumont Texas. Because we are only spending 1 night we got a nice 80’ long pull through site for only $20 with our Passport America card.
Once settled in we made a fish and green been dinner and planned to kick back for the evening except for when it cools down I need to clean the front of the coach. We made a few bugs have a horrible day I’m afraid.
Sunday we will probably hit the road by 9am and head to San Antonio. Another long day in our standards of travel days. We will go about 270 miles. Then we will stay in San Antonio for 5 nights if I remember correctly.