well what a day, thought we could get a tour to New Orleans but they wanted $80 each about £120 for both including tax so we drove there. Bit of trouble finding a parking space but once parked we got out and walked, and walked and walked.
Beautiful buildings in lovely surroundings plus the music all over the town, wonderful. Shame the pictures don't convey the atmosphere but here goes.
Here is a typical street corner, all verandas and hanging baskets and plenty of signs of the forthcoming Halloween which America celebrates earlier than the UK.
We came across a group of people having photographs taken for an advert, they did not mind me taking a few myself and we had a chat.
This is Eddie Conrad in one of the tourist information shops, he gave us a map of the town and marked on it the precise position of our car, a very useful thing to know. He was quite a character, now in his retirement years busier than ever and so helpful to everyone who went in, he played us a tune and gave us his card. The card declared "Everybody needs a little Ed" and they sure do.
The steamboat did trips on the Mississippi and was well supported.
Around the town you could have a tour in a horse drawn carriage or a little trailer for two pulled by a bicycle. We were going to have a tour but never got around to it.
We had lunch listening to the Jazz Cats, very enjoyable and we even bought a CD.
Ian, my son would be proud of what his father had for lunch, Caesar Salad with chicken breast, see it is not all burgers and chips! It was really very tasty.
This is one of the "Statues" who move when you put money in their tin.
One of the many street performers that we listened to, this man was part of a group who played in Jackson Square, really brilliant.
Ian, my son, would not be so proud of what his father had for dinner, Key Lime Pie.
Could post loads more but to conclude is my favorite bird, the Pelican, every time we go to the States they are always there to greet us. Except the last time as they were nearly wiped out by the oil spill, it was great to see them back in large numbers at Gulfport.
Well, that's it by the time you read this we will be in Florida.
nite nite, Luv Mike XX
Ps, arrived safely in Tampa Bay, with a total of 567 miles traveled today.