New Orleans

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We have spent the last 3 days seeing the sights of NOLA. What an unique city, with an interesting history
There is so much to see and do here, that we wish we could stay longer. however, there are more places to see, so we must move on.
First of all the food here is fantastic......lots of seafood, and Creole is the regional style of cooking; it blends French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian Native American and African. One of my favorite dishes has been Jambalaya, a rice dish with ham, shrimp, tomato, sausage and spices of course.  
We walked the streets of the famous French Quarter. The architecture is unique, but almost reminds me of "old Quebec city". During the day, it was unusually quiet as Mardi Gras had just ended the week before. We could see reminders of Mardi Gras: beads hanging in the trees, and remnants of parade floats in side yards.  By night time, it was more lively, and jazz bands could be heard in the bars on Bourbon St. The best jazz band that we heard was outdoors in the musical Legends Park. 
On the second day, we took a ride on the steamboat "Nanchez" down the Mississippi river. The 2 hour ride included a hot lunch, a live jazz band, and commentary, and pointing out all the sights, including where the river had breached the levee during Hurricane Katrina.  Although the historic French quarter was spared, large areas of the city were severely damaged. We learned more at the IMAX theater.
On our final day, we took our bikes off the back of the trailer, and went for a bike ride along the levee of the mighty Mississippi river, right behind our campground. 


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