Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Orleans

This should have been our way into New Orleans if we could have transited the Harvey Locks, it is the more scenic, welcoming route. This is the New Orleans Great Bridge. These first four pics were taken from a free ferry ride across the Mississippi at Canal Street.

Here is the skyline entering New Orleans coming Down the Mississippi from the Harvey Locks.

One of the two riverboat cruise boats passing in front of Jackson Square.

This is Jackson square and one of the oldest Catholic Churches in the Nation. We just happened on a free concert at the church and had a great experience there.

We were amazed at how many people bring there dogs to the French Quarter but this Gentleman was displaying the proper French Quarter dog walking style.

The dogs love it just as much, they belly right up to the bar!

December is a great time to visit, not HOT, actually we have had very nice weather.

Everything is decorated for the Holidays.

Our first dinner in the Quarter at Fiorellas.

When the eggplant appetizer is this good you know the entree will be killer!

The Admiral discovered on our second day at the Marina that the RV park next door had a shuttle for $5 a person for all day to Downtown and the French Quarter. Here he comes to pick us up on Toulouse St. after a full day.

This is Brian, our driver, he is becoming our best friend and resource!

We arrived at our new home port for the next 30 days around 1430hrs. We got the boat squared away and then went to the office to check in and get some local info. This marina has been recording record transient traffic this season. I think it's due to pent up demand due to hurricanes and last years oil spill. I think we are at the back of the pack since it has been just us all along the way when it comes to recreational vessels. They put a neat little packet in our hands of FAQ,s with nearby stores, car rental, restaurants, and cab companies. The Admiral just wanted to take a walk to stretch our bodies out a bit after our big test from Boomtown to Seabrook Marina. We took a long walk on a not so friendly pedestrian road along this industrial district. On the way back Lynn noticed a shuttle like van zooming by, it entered the drive to the next door RV park. The Admiral filed that up front. The next morning she fired up the IPad and found out there was indeed a shuttle at the RV park so she insisted that we walk over and see if we could get in on it. They were very friendly and explained we could ride for $5 a person all day. We bought 2 tickets and came back for the 4pm ride in to the French Quarter. We had a great time just exploring Decauter, Toulouse, and Royal. We used up a Groupon at Fiorellas' and had a great dining experience to start. Then as we were walking by Jackson square the Admiral recalled reading about free concerts at one of the oldest Catholic churches in the US, so we walked in and saw a great classical concert. The next day we came in early on the 10am ride and learned about the $3 all day passes to ride the water front, Canal St. and the St.Charles trolley's. Here was our way to the rest of New Orleans. I just wanted to get back out on the Mississippi again so we found a free ferry ride on the Canal St. Ferry. This way we could see the city from the water the way we should have seen it if we could had passed through the Harvey Locks.

Living in Austin, the Music Capital of the world, we were amazed at all the incredible music venues and the streeet musicians. The French Quarter is at least 100 X 6th Street in Austin. There is added excitement since LSU/Alabama is coming for the Sugar Bowl, then then there is the NO Saints doing well heading to a Superbowl. The Ragin Cajans, University of Louisiana Lafayette came for the New Orleans Bowl and won against San Diego the town is full of excitement at every turn. We plan to start looking for a weather window to depart 1-6-12 but Jeff, one of the marina owners advised us to stay for the Sugar Bowl dates since the French Quarter will resemble the same atmosphere as the Mardi Gras. I think we will probably concentrate on getting to Gulf Port, Mississippi then on to Biloxi.

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