After I left Baton Rouge, I drove to New Orleans
. I wasn't going to stop but the explorer inside of me said I had to! I stopped at the Visitor Center which was right off the highway. I spoke to a very nice lady and told her I was only here for a few hours and what was the best and safest thing to see within that amount of time. She told me to stick around the Jackson Square area and there's even a parking garage over there. So I weaved my way through the French Quarter, but one of the streets that I needed to turn on was blocked off. I kept trying to get over to the parking garage, but finally gave up and parked on St Philip Street and Decatur. I must say that New Orleans is a photographers dream!! The French Quarter itself is absolutely stunning and just the history of the buildings and the architecture is to die for! Out of all the places in The South, this is one that I would definitely return to. It was cheap to park on the street too. They had a machine that you pay and it was only $1.50 an hour!! I turned on Decatur and just walked straight towards Jackson Square. I stopped at a souvenir shop on the way and the shop owner was super nice. I walked towards Jackson Square and took pictures and then stopped at Cafe du Monde on the way back to the car. I was told that when in New Orleans I HAD to eat a beignet. Let me tell you.......it was one of the best things I have ever eaten!! Kind of like a funnel cake but better. Anything covered in a pound of powdered sugar is fine by me! I got back to the car and left New Orleans. I drove through a little bit of a ghetto area on the way back to the highway, but no one bothered me. Even when I was walking around by myself, no one talked to me or bothered me. So I had a good New Orleans first experience and will definitely be back!
I set out on I-10 E for Biloxi, Mississippi. Once I got over into Mississippi, I got onto Route 90 which is a more scenic drive along the coast. It only took me about 2 hours to get there. I must say I was a little dissappointed when I got to Biloxi. I was expecting it to be a mini-Las Vegas. There were some casinos, but nothing fancy. Unimpressed, I set out for Mobile, Alabama which only took me an hour. I stayed at the Ashbury Inn & Suites. It was a good price and was actually a nice place compared to the other flea bags that I have stayed at.
This morning I drove back to Baton Rouge which only took an hour. I stopped at the Old State Capitol Building which kind of looks like a building out of medieval times. I drove over to the State Capitol Building and parked on Spanish Town Road. It was a short walk to the Capitol but not very much parking around it. Most of the parking is for employees of the Capitol so I was lucky to find on-street parking. I was taking a few pictures when I noticed a couple school busses pull up. The kids started getting off the bus. One of the boys was talking with his friends and said "Look at that whore over there!! She's giving me a boner!" I stopped and looked around thinking "I know this kid isn't talking about me!" But he was! I was the only person in the vicinity! I was half tempted to go tell his teacher on him, but I'm assumming he was just trying to be cool in front of his friends, so I let it go. I walked over closer to the capitol building and checked out the garden and a statue of Huey Pierce Long, a former Louisiana Governor.