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    • Day 3

      Jour 3 - Vue Orleans Observatory Deck

      May 22 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

      Nous allons au Vue Orléans et commençons la visite avec des Hologrammes expliquant l origine de la ville et de la musique de la NOLA. Une technologie incredible et interactive ! Bref, truc de ouffff.
      Direction le 33eme étage avec un ascenseur encore connecté qui diffuse des vidéos pendant l ascension 😱
      Là haut vue à 360 degrés, c est dingue ! Plus qu un étage et on va boire un coup à l extérieur ! Ça c est du roof top 👍
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    • Day 109

      New Orleans, Teil 2

      January 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Auf einem Platz sitzen lauter Leute, die einem die Zukunft vorhersagen wollen.
      Überall wird etwas aufgeführt oder Musik gemacht. Dazu gibt es verrückte Geschäfte.

      Und dann haben ist bald Mardi Gras, Karneval.
      Die Geschäfte sind entsprechend dekoriert und verkaufen Karnevalskram, das sind hier Masken wie in Venedig und alles ist in grün, gelb und lila.
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    • Day 2

      New Orleans

      April 17 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      So interesting first day in New Orleans I have now completely lost track of time, that maybe is a good thing. Our guide Julie tells us when to be on the bus and gives structure to the day. So these photos are mine in the day and then night pix and videos are courtesy of Jess 23yrs who is on the trip with Mum Karen 50ish both from Bristol. I am looking forward to more time in the city tomorrow.Read more

    • Day 11

      Tag 11 New Orleans, Teil 3

      May 23, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Sandro und ich nutzen den Pool auf dem Dach des Hotels und trinken eine Gerstenkaltschale🍺!
      Herrlich!! Und abends sind wir dann durch das Frensch-Viertel geschlendert und waren in einem niedlichen kleinen Restaurant was essen und trinken.
      Und heute geht es auf den Schaufelraddampfer zu einer 2 stündigen Fahrt über den Mississippi mit Live Musik und Essen!
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    • Day 7

      Walkin' through N'Awlins

      January 13, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      We stepped into our first Mardi Gras parade less than two hours after landing at Louis Armstrong New Orleans airport! We literally walked out of our hotel door and into the middle of the stiltwalkers, butterflies, walking dead .... and police cars with flashing blue and red lights. For a moment, I wondered if there'd been a murder (Mark's words about our area "being dodgy" ringing in my ears). But no, it was time to party.

      So, slightly disoriented, we headed off in the wrong direction and had to backtrack to Oceana Restaurant to catch up with James. He was patiently waiting in the queue on the cold, windy street to get a table for us ... at peak hour on the Friday night of a long weekend! It was worth waiting for though. The place was bursting at the seams and buzzing with energy and all the N'Awlins atmosphere I had imagined.

      I ordered the famous crawfish étouffée, Phil had the BBQ prawns, and James had the gumbo and a New Orleans tasting plate. But the food took second place to catching up on the last year years and planning the next few days. Even though we'd finished off with vanilla ice-cream smothered in delicious, rum-caramel sauce, and drunk the first decent coffee in days, and paid the bill, and figuratively fought off all the people queuing for our table, we were still talking when the long week started catching up with Phil. So we adjourned to our deluxe room and talked some more!

      However, we don't have the stamina of Kiki and Craig. The party they hosted in their suite last night kept them up till 2.30am this morning! We travelled across the continent with them (the long flights giving them time to get 40 winks) and shared a taxi into the city. Katrina was front of mind as we drove over bridge after bridge across the swampy, low-lying suburbs. And it was a sobering moment when we drove past Caesars Superdome - the "shelter of last resort" for those who couldn't evacuate during the hurricane ... so hard to believe it was over 17 years ago.

      I knew I was in New Orleans when I overheard the flight attendants making plans as I disembarked, "What's the time?", "Almost 4.30" "Good, let's go have coffee and beignets then".
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    • Day 8

      All that Jazz

      January 14, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      The highlight of the day for me was sitting in The Spotted Cat Music Club, catnip* in hand, listening to Macumba playing Brasilian jazz with rhythm and passion on clarinet, bass and piano accordion. I was in my happy place.

      It capped off a morning of rambling through the picturesque streets of pastel-painted French style houses, shaded by oaks, palms and wrought-iron trellises. Every house was a photo op, and the camera just enhanced the azure blue background of sky.

      We'd started with breakfast in the dining room adjacent to the courtyard - still a bit nippy to brave the open air, and James joined us whilst we ate, making plans over coffee and toast. We meandered our way to Jackson Square via the praline shop, the Sox shop, and the hot sauce shop.

      Of course, we bumped into Ron and Deb in the Square and learned that Ron's suitcase was AWOL! And after checking out the mighty Mississippi and watching Dave and Robyn's paddleboat sail upriver, we stopped at the French market for oysters in the half shell. They were very tasty, but we'll below Bluff raw oyster status. We'll have to check again tomorrow to see if N'awlins can do better!

      Appetites whetted we ambled through the Frenchmen Street neighbourhood and found the Croissant door café selling heated Swiss cheese, ham & tomato baguettes, and very drinkable coffee. It was a good way to fill in time until the music began.

      And later for dinner, we ubered with Linda across town to the Magazine Street restaurants, expecting that they wouldn't be as crowded and over-subscribed as those in the French Quarter. We were wrong. We found an outside table in the little French restaurant Lilette. The food was delicious - I had sizzling shrimps (king prawns) and roasted duck breast, which were both beautifully prepared and full of flavour. We would have liked to sample the very tempting dessert menu, but we were getting colder and colder.

      It was back to the hotel to warm up and plan tomorrow's adventures.

      * catnip = mango vodka, orange liquer, cranberry & pineapple juice = very yummy!!
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    • Day 10

      There is a house (or two) in New Orleans

      January 16, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      I'm not sure the streetcar was called "Desire, " but it was standing room only to get to the Garden District - home to centuries-old, live oak avenues and mansions of the rich & famous such as Sandra Bullock and Beyoncé. It's also been the setting for many iconic movies, including the aforementioned Streetcar, and Easy Rider.

      We found Philip['s] Street with one or two antebellum places he could move into, and after checking them out, we'd walked up a thirst which required quenching at The Chicory House. This was our second coffee stop of the day. The French Truck was our first, and of course, we had to sample the almond croissants... very nice!

      There was evidence of where the water level had been during Katrina on some exteriors of the houses - it looked like it was around 3 metres deep. And although the homes and gardens were spectacular, the roads and sidewalks were in poor condition - it would be easy to sprain or break an ankle. The combination of tree roots, building over old canals, and the damage from stormwater, can make pavement walking like intrepid rock climbing.

      After lunch, and the best salted caramel ice cream ever, we ubered with Michael - the retired chef - to City Park, asking for the best meal recommendations on the way.

      We spent a few leisurely hours photographing the c800 year old, Spanish Moss clad oaks that would have been there in the plantation days, checking the bayou for lurking alligators, listening to the Pink Panther theme, La vie en rose, Orsini, and Stevie Wonder played on the saxophone to all-ears boys, whilst we watched Linda, the bubble lady, making magic for the excited kids.

      Sadly, James flies back home in the morning, so it was an early night for all - ready for more adventures tomorrow. Huge thanks to James for showing us the very best of New Orleans and driving us halfway across Mississippi. Not to mention all the interesting conversations and insights. It was really special reconnecting and heaps of fun reminiscing about the good old days 😁
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    • Day 7

      Stop 5: New Orleans French Quarter

      September 14, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Dieses Mal haben wir auf der anderen Seite des Mississippi übernachtet: im French Quarter. Das ist in New Orleans das Touri-Ausgeh-Viertel.

      Zum Abendessen sind wir in diesem Viertel in eine sehr belebte Kneipe gegangen und haben die Leute auf den Straßen aus der 2. Etage beobachtet. Hier trifft man wirklich auf die verschiedensten Leute...
      Danach haben wir uns unter die Leute gemischt und in verschiedenen Bars bei Livemusik Bier getrunken.

      Am nächsten Tag haben wir noch ein wenig die Stadt zu Fuß erkundet und zum Abschluss das riesige WWII Museum besucht.
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    • Day 3


      April 18 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      So the main point of this trip was music. With my two new buddies Karen and Jess from Bristol, after eating in Hard Rock Cafe we hit Bourbon Street. The guide told us to go into any bar we liked the music coming out. She also recommended specific New Orleans cocktails. After an afternoon in the art museum I felt cocktails were deserved. Hey we heard some amazing music this video is just a poor example.Read more

    • Day 249

      New Orleans 🎼

      April 5 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Vandaag rijden we naar New Orleans. We hebben een slaapplek bij een golfbaan en gaan eerst even kijken hoe het daar is zodat we dat alvast weten voor vanavond omdat we de stad in willen. Daarna rijden we langs een thrift store omdat Lynn dit geweldig vindt. We kopen een oranje shirt voor Erik en wat borden en de DVD box van Dexter. Dan kunnen we als we stroom hebben tv kijken en Lynn kennis laten maken met Dexter. Vervolgens rijden we naar het centrum en vinden vrij makkelijk een parkeerplek in het centrum. We wandelen door French Quarter, het meest bekende stuk. We wandelen langs het water en zien nog net de Natchez steamboat vertrekken. We kopen leuke kettingen bij het mardi gras souvenir winkeltje en wandelen daarna langs het nationale ww 2 museum. Erik wil heel graag daar nog even heen. We besluiten elkaar weer te zien in het centrum. Lynn en ik wandelen terug en bekijken nog een kathedraal. Daarna willen we ergens wat drinken wat nog best lastig is. Als we niks willen eten mogen we niet aan de tafels zitten maar omdat Lynn pas 18 is mogen we ook niet aan de bar zitten. Gelukkig mogen we bij het brewhouse wel naar binnen en wachten op Erik. We wandelen terug naar de camper om te koken en besluiten dat we nog wat langer in de stad willen blijven en gooien wat extra geld in de parkeermeter en besluiten gewoon hier te slapen zodat we niet meer hoeven te rijden. New Orleans is in de avond super gezellig. In Bourbon street is het ontzettend druk en uit elk restaurant of bar knalt de muziek. Gelukkig zijn er ook veel straatmuzikanten want we komen met Lynn in Amerika nergens binnen. Maar we vermaken ons prima met het alleen hier al zijn, wat een heerlijke sfeer. Als we moe zijn halen we nog een ijsje en in de camper sluiten we de gordijntjes en vallen in ons rijdende huisje in slaap.Read more

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