March 14, 2010 – New Orleans

We made exceptional time from Alabama to New Orleans, perhaps because we opted for an Interstate (when we usually take the back roads) and as it was a Sunday morning and the traffic was very light. 

Approaching the City, there are still reminders of the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

We checked in to Bayou Segnette State Park, just south of the city.  We were surprised to learn that my National Parks Senior Pass was honored by the State and we ended up with a discounted rate!
After getting settled and connected to our site’s utilities, we drove to Algiers, on the “West Bank” and took the ferry (no charge) across the Mississippi to New Orleans.  From the ferry terminal, we set out on foot with a map in hand to explore the French Quarter. What a delightful experience.

Many of the old buildings are elegant and adorned with decorative balconies and railings …


The paddle wheeler, while catering to tourists, is still a sight …

The fountains and statutes are beautiful …


And, the many talented [and not-so-talented] street entertainers, vendors and fortune tellers are fascinating to watch.

The tourists and just plain folks are equally as fun to observe.

 We rounded out the day with dinner overlooking Bourbon Street 


before making our way back to the ferry for the short trip across the Mississippi and drive back to our motor home.  Tomorrow we’ll be returning to the Big Easy for most sightseeing!

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