On The Road Again with Don and Eileen travel blog

We took the FREE ferry from Algiers (where we camped) across the...

A favorite spot

Laura Plantation

This wall demonstrates several periods of time.

Laura Plantation

Slave quarters at Laura Plantation

Slave quarters area

Sugar cane

Slave quarters area at Laura

Slave quarters area

View from a slave cabin

Laura Plantation

How poignant it was to cross this bridge and think about all...

A ride through Metaire cemetery. Too dangerous to walk through.

The grave markers are rather extravagant

Impressive grave marker

Another marker

Yet another

A row of opulence

Another poignant landmark

The ninth ward is STILL in dire straits.

Folks are living here. What happens when it rains?

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

Ninth ward

At the D-Day museum, where we thought a lot about our dads...

Emeril's

We sat at the chef's counter at Emeril's, which was a fabulous...

Not licking the plate was difficult.

We took a horse and carriage tour.

Horse and carriage tour

The streets and architecture of New Orleans are wonderful.

Preservation Hall -- home of daily evening wonderful jazz performances. Many famous...

Local musicians abound.

Chapel inside the Old Ursuline Convent

Old Ursuline Convent chapel

St. Louis Cathedral

An example of the many luxurious mansions along St. Charles St. (we...

Beads, beads everywhere!

The French Market in the early morning

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

Famous beignets

Cafe du Monde

Part of a new Katrina exhibit, which was very moving.

Katrina exhibit

Katrina exhibit

William Faulkner's home

William Faulkner's home

Cafe du Monde. We sat beside these musicians, who were wonderful, while...

A return trip for yummy Muffalettas. We were relieved this historical grocery...

Mr. B's BBQ Shrimp. Eileen was put off at first by their...


Well, if you're getting tired of our pictures, you might want to quit now as we have a lot from New Orleans, which is yet another favorite city. It's like no other city we've ever visited. The spirit, the music, the food, the people, the architecture, the history, and the sadness of Katrina drew us back for another visit. The last time we visited was in June, the year of Katrina. We looked forward to our return to see the changes and to participate in the excitement that we heard had come back to this vibrant city.

We stayed once again across the river in Bayou Segnette State Park, which cost something less than $20 a night for full hookups. We were pleased to get the same large and private campsite we had on our previous visit, but were disoriented by the lack of trees separating the sites. The campground has done a remarkable job of getting back in shape although there's still a lot of construction going on along the levee and the little cabins are gone. There were many newly planted trees.

We ate our way through the city and nothing disappointed! We ate at Emeril's for the first time and opted to sit at the Chef's counter, which was the experience of a lifetime. We felt like we had dinner and a show!

We visited the D-Day museum, although Eileen was a bit reticent to spend much time in a museum focusing on such a sad time. As it turns out, we were both pleased at our decision to spend several hours there and could have used more time. Exhibit after exhibit displayed not only memorabilia from the war, but stories and pictures, which made that period of time clearer to us. Eileen's dad was in Okinawa and Don's dad, unfortunately, was in a German POW camp. We had just learned from Eileen's Uncle Jim that he was present in the Battle of the Bulge area as an engineer. The Tom Hanks 4D movie was so emotional that we left drained and weak-kneed.

We again road the streetcars down St. Charles Street admiring the many mansions along the route. What a contrast to our car ride through the Lower Ninth Ward. Although we saw a few spots of hope in this neighborhood, it is still in such desperate need of reconstruction and support. We couldn't help but observe that these folks seem to have been forgotten.




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