Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Big Easy

Business 90 bridge over Mississippi River into the Big Easy

Today (Monday) was the day we decided to drive into New Orleans for the day. Our intent was not to do and see everything there is to do, because that would require several days. We wanted to get the "lay of the land" so to speak, and see, on our first trip in, what was important to us. There will another time.

We took Highway 308 to Highway 90 and into New Orleans. The trip took around and hour and a half. We drove down the length of St. Charles and back to Lee Circle for starters and enjoyed the many magnificent mansions along with the street cars, and Tulane University. After our round trip up and down St. Charles we found a parking lot near the National WW 2 Musuem. Since we were already there we decided to take some time and take the tour. We spent about an hour and a half in the museum, but we could have taken 2 days! There is a lot to see in this museum, and it is well worth your time.

St. Charles

After the museum we decided to walk to to Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. It was probably about 8, or 9 blocks. We stopped off at Lafayette Square to take a picture.

At last we came to Bourbon Street, which begins at Canal Street one block over from St. Charles. My first impression of Bourbon Street was the on again, off again smell of what smelled like the gray water I dump out of my holding tank once a week. The second thing I noticed was the large number of strip clubs....in fact the first thing you see when you enter Bourbon St. is the Hustler Club. We walked the entire length of Bourbon Street where you could still see some party beads left over from Mardi Gras hanging from the balconies. At every restaurant entrance stood people holding the menu for that restaurant in front of them, and asking you to come in.

Of course, everwhere is the typical French period architecture. If you have ever seen video of Bourbon Street this is what you remember, but with thousands of people hanging over the balconies.

There were various clubs offering the different genres of music, and a lot of bars.....most full at mid day on a Monday.

Just after we reached the end of Bourbon street and walked over to Royal to walk back to Canal Street we found this nice little coffee shop were I got a Mocca Frappuccino and Elaine a coffee of the day. Nice break after a long walk.

Our walk back up Royal (turns into St. Charles) was actually more enjoyable.....there were a lot of street musicians, antique shops, and the Louisiana State Supreme Court. Very pretty building!

We spent about 6 hours in the Big Easy, and really just scratched the surface of what there is to see. When we got back to Canal Street we caught the St. Charles Trolley back to our parking lot. It was a very nice day, and we will return.

We got home about 5:30pm, and I immediately checked to see if the paint was dry in the engine bays that I had applied that morning. It was, so Elaine helped me cut the rubber mats to fit, and we installed them. This finished project exceeded my expectations!

The dry paint

After new rubber mats!!

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