Nawleans,where we got bourbon faced on shit street

Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
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Trip End Nov 08, 2008


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Thursday, October 16, 2008

We hit New Orleans Sunday night, cruised through the French Quarter for a bit and found our destination, the Best Western, surprisingly effort less. Krautz hit New Orleans a couple of months ago already so he was kind enough to show me the fine nuances that New Orleans has to offer. So obviously after checking in we went out to Bourbon St. OMG, even on a Sunday night there was a good buzz going on down there and it didn't take too long before we had a buzz of our own going on. We spent the evening walking up & down Bourbon St, watching people and the interesting scene and sipping on our hand grenades®. After 4 of those we got a chilidog from the street vender, which (at that time) was the best chili dog I ever had.

Next day, woke up and decided to extend our stay for another night. Today was going to be Laundry day, WooHoo! Found a laundry place close to our hotel. Really nice place, used to be the first recording studio in New Orleans. Since we brought all of our quarters (which we didn't need because they work with some kind of smart card) instead we used the quarters on the jukebox and pacman! Had a good time there and with clean clothes headed to town, it was a bit rainy, but nothing to bad, gave us the chance to experience the French quarter. Then spent about 1,5 hour shopping for new flip flops for Krautz, since he lost his somewhere along our trip.. Had some good lunch at the River Edge Café and went back to the hotel to chill out from our exhausting day.

For the evening we had booked a Haunted History Tour. This is not some kind of Halloween rip off tour where actors jump out and try to scare you. It was a 2.5 hour walking tour through the French quarter and stopping at various buildings with interesting history. Our guide would then tell us about the history of the building. And then give some examples off eyewitness sightings and other experiences on sight. Now I (Klompjes) am not at all into all that ghost stuff, but this tour was really awesome. The guy had story after story and there were some very disturbing stories about the history of certain places. After the tour we had some more questions for the guide, so we bought him a beer at the café where the tour ended. One beer came to another, and we spent the rest of the night with the guide, who also took us to another local bar, since Bourbon St (according to him) is not where the locals go. Very awesome evening and met some interesting people.

Next day, woke up just before check out time. Jumped in the car and on recommendation of Chas went to Port of Call. A local café that serves the most awesome burgers. After 2 Mushroom & Cheddar Burgers served with a baked potato with the works we were ready to head out to Slidell, just East of New Orleans. There we went on a swamp tour with a small boat. Off course we hadn't made any reservations so we were lucky to get on the tour because to people didn't show up. The guide took us for a 2.5 hour tour through the Louisiana swamp. Very awesome how he steers his boat through the narrow passage ways and while talking manages to spot wildlife way in the distance. We saw lot's of alligators, all kinds of birds and even some snakes. Also passed by some homes, and the guide told stories about how some of these homes where rebuild after Katrina, then hit by Hannah this year, cleaned that up and where then hit by Ike. You gotta have some will power to live there!

After our tour we decided to go camping just North of New Orleans. Driving down some back roads we managed to not find both campgrounds that were supposed to be there and decided to drive on towards Baton Rouge. When we entered Baton Rouge and drove through downtown we weren't really impressed so decided to go further West and have less hours on the road the next day when going to Houston. When we hit Lafayette LA we wanted to get a motel. Instead only found motels/ hotels with no vacancy and got lot in Lafayette. This evening sucked so far! Finally found the Interstate 10 again (I'm not gonna bore you with how long it took us to get there, Lafayette sucks!!) and headed out West again. In Rayne LA we found a Best Western and spent the night there after chowing down some well deserved Burger King.  Was kind of a crappy motel, overpriced, room felt kinda damp, business centre computer didn't work and we got a call at 9am if we were gonna check out today while housekeeping was driving up and down the hallway with a loud vacuum cleaner!!

But all is good, hit the road for another 3 hours and made our way to Houston. But we'll tell you about Houston next time cause we are both hungry and wonna hit town.

Arrivederci!

Klompjes & Krautz
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