New Orleans quickly please

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Broadway Inn Express - $55, Ok but terrible residents

Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Sunday, October 26, 2008

What a noisy night that was. There are plenty of people living in motels around Houston, maily the refugees from the hurricanes who do not seem to want to go back. We heard on the radio that the state insurance was warning that they would not endlessly pay for people to live in motels and that they needed to find a place to move to.

We sadly had to move on and leave Texas into newer states (Louisiana) and added to the high number of miles that we need to cover we keep having to drive slowly as there is endless miles of "roadwork". It seems a common element in US roads to have 10 miles of roads reduced to one lane only to find to works picking their noses and a small hole at the last 10 metres...totally unnecessary.

Along the way we saw a lot of the damage caused by the hurricane to these areas a few months ago, especially "dramatic' is that all the M's of the McDonalds signs are torn down...how is anyone supposed to have their usual hamburger? Terrible weather consequences!

On the other side from Houston onwards the scenery has started becoming much greener and humid...with plenty of swamps to be found.

To entertain us we have Cajun Music on the Radio and some sort of French dialect to go with it, while they announce the "Poo Parts Bakery" in New Orleans (surely someone must of understood that name is not good for a bakery!)

Anyway, we made it to New Orleans where we just wanted to say "been there, done that" and move towards Mississippi on the same day...and so we did (in less time than expected).

We started with a bit of a local lunch consisting of "alligator" and "sea food" at Johnny's Po ' Boy place (poor boys are meaty sandwiches locally) and then had a long walk around the area. New Orleans buildings themselves in the French Quarters are quite picturesque, but the zoo life that wonders around is way to heavy for our taste (drunks, drug addicts, panhandlers (beggers in US terms), gay bars and tourists)...not nice or comfortable.

So with less than 4 hours in Louisiana in total we moved into Mississippi and the beach town of Biloxi which was also hard hit by Katrina in 2005. It used to have a few floating casinos (they had to be off shore by law) but Katrina thought differently and all the casinos are now on the coast. Its actually quite a nice and relaxed area with plenty of white beaches. If they really tried hard they could beat Vegas as this is way more attractive.

Funny enough, when we checked into the motel, the receptionist warned us if we went to New Orleans to be careful...dangerous she mentioned.
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