Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog



















We enjoyed one of our all-time best fun filled days today.

Marilyn & I were across the street at Mike & Marian’s when Chuck & Coletta arrived. Then, as we walked back to our own RV, Eddie & Jan arrived, to join us for a day trip to New Orleans.

We left a few minutes before 10:00 AM, driving in two cars, and made our way to the Ferry at Algiers Point.

We noticed a few changes since we were here last.

The parking fee is now $10 per day vs. the $5 it cost us the last time we experienced the Big Easy.

Also, the Ferry ride, which used to be free, now costs $2 per person, although it is only a single dollar for those of us who are over 62 years of age.

Once we disembarked from the Ferry, at the Canal Street terminal in the French Quarter, we all walked together, talking and laughing, heading to the Café du Monde.

When we arrived there, the line of people waiting to get in was very long, and we decided not to wait.

The merry band of eight then walked back many blocks, to the fine restaurant called “Deanie’s” for some lunch.

We started our lunch with a huge “Bloody Mary” which had a large prawn in it. Great!!

The food was very good, as you would expect in New Orleans, and we all enjoyed our meal for sure.

They serve small “New Potatoes” which are boiled with the shrimp, and that adds tons of flavor. Instead of bread, they serve these delicious potatoes.

We decided to walk back toward the Café du Monde to get dessert, but somehow became sidetracked when we passed Pat O’Brian’s, a famous bar I had visited for the first time when I was a young man in the US Air Force, stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS.

We all had a good time there, with lots of laughs and hilarity.

We left after one drink and continued the journey to Café du Monde.

Once again, the line was quite long, so we made a snap decision to take a tour of the French Quarter, in a horse drawn carriage.

We found a carriage which would hold all eight of us and climbed aboard.

The tour, with Howard as our guide, and Beauty, the mule, pulling the carriage, was a real treat.

We learned many things we didn’t know and all agreed that the tour was well worth the $18 per person it cost us.

We returned to the Ferry and re-traced our route back to the Park, where we sat together on our deck, visiting and making some plans for tomorrow.

I have many pictures to share with you but will have to wait until we have better internet service to post them.

For now I’ll post this blog entry and call it done.

Life is Good!

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