Friday, May 6, 2011

New Orleans to Vicksburg

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Our last full day in The Cresent City.  We walked down into the French Quarter in the morning.  After sharing an order of beignets at Cafe du Monde, we met at the 1850 House for a walking tour of New Orleans with the Friends of the Cabildo.  We walked through the square and french market before heading out into other areas of the french quarter.  

We had lunch at a sidewalk cafe with a banjo player playing for us.  Some time for some photos of the St. Louis cathedral and Royal Street concluded the afternoon.  We walked back to the RV for a short rest before venturing out to gas the truck up and go to dinner.
Here are a few photos from the French Quarter:
This is Royal Street - Just a block off Bourbon Street and so much nicer (and not urine and vomit smelling) - Our favorite street to walk up and down.

The wrought iron work throughout the quarter was amazing.  Here is a gallery (not a balcony).  I had no idea of the difference between a gallery and a balcony until we took our guided walk through the city.  A gallery has the support posts extending to the street while a balcony will be unsupported.

Another example of the unique European style architecture that is prevalent throughout the Quarter.  These building surround the square behind the cathedral.
Annie had recommended a little restaurant over near the Universities called Jacqu'Imo's.  It was quite the unique little place and was packed wall to wall with people.  Very good food and a unique atmosphere made for a very good night.

We gassed up the truck for tomorrow's journey into Vicksburg, MS.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
We left the RV this morning for one last trip into the French Quarter for pastries at Crossaint D'Or.  They were so good that we had to get a few for the road (lunch that is).  

Since our Natchez, MS RV park was closed due to the Mississippi River flooding, we called ahead to Vicksburg (our next stop) to see if they could accommodate us for a few extra days.  We are planning on making the 1.5 hour drive back and forth to Natchez to still be able to view some of the beautiful antebellum homes there.  

We were hitched up and on the road by 10am and made the 228 mile drive all on interstates pretty easily (except the awful bumps and bouts of road construction) and had the RV parked and all unpacked by 2pm. 

A quiet evening and dinner at the RV made for some great relaxing and studying.  Sorry, no photos from today.

1 comment:

Ernest Winters said...

Great description of New Orleans! You are right about the architecture behind St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square - that is Pirate's Alley, and it is famous for the old buildings in your picture. Thanks for a great read! Ernest Winters