Monday, February 27, 2012

Cruising “The Big Easy”

We pulled out of our site at a little before eight and made it up the hill to Mike and Peggy’s.  Mike was putting the finishing touches on their “pack up” and they were just about ready to pull out to hook up the Vue to Winne.  Katie, Alex, Judy, and I led the way for the first half of the trip which was to the Flying-J in Gulfport, Mississippi.  Then Mike and Peggy took the lead to Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, Louisiana.  Their Lola (GPS) has more up to date software than our Maggie (GPS).

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It didn’t take long for us to “set up camp”, have lunch, and roll out toward the Big Easy.  We drove to the ferry at Algiers where it costs $10 to park for the day while the ferry ride is free. 

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They have a statue of Louie Armstrong in front of the terminal

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and you can see the New Orleans skyline across the river from the terminal at Algiers.

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Here’s a picture of the Paddleboat Natchez taken from the ferry Sen. Alvin T. Stumpf on our ride across the Mississippi to the Big Easy.

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The ferry dropped us off at the foot of Canal Street which is a short hoof to the French Quarter.

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We walked up Canal Street to Bourbon Street where, as Mike says, “you may have never been to Sodom and Gomorrah, but this is next to it!”

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and, then, over to St. Peter Street where the French Quarter style architecture continues.  

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That led us to Jackson Square with the St. Louis Cathedral on one side (St. Charles Street) and Café Du Monde on the other (Decatur Street).  There were Sunday services going on at the Cathedral so we didn’t get to tour the building.

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We didn’t stand in line for a begnette because it was beginning to rain so we walked down Decatur Street to find Central Grocery, home of the muffuletta sandwich.

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Central Grocery is closed on Sundays, but two doors down was Frank’s and they have excellent muffulettas as well – one sandwich fed the four of us. 

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From there we made our way back down Decatur Street heading back toward Canal Street.  Here’s some more of that unique French Quarter styled architecture.

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This is a view looking up St. Peter’s Street from Decatur.

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You can see that it continued to rain and it was damp, cold, and windy as well, so we made our way back to the ferry terminal for another boat ride across the Mighty Mississippi.  Once returning to our rigs, we checked the weather forecast while partaking in Tea Time.

The forecast for today is more rain so we’ve not decided what exactly we’re going to do, but you can be assured that eating will be involved.

Take Care For Now and May God Bless  - - - - - - - - - - -

3 comments:

  1. Nice pics. Whish I was on the road!

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  2. We found an excellent muffuletta at a restaurant just down the road from Bayou Segnette. Here is a link to the blog entry that describes our experience: http://here4now.typepad.com/here4now/2011/05/oak-alley-plantation.html

    We're looking forward to enjoying said sandwich in a couple of months when we follow you to New Orleans. Enjoy your stay!

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  3. So, the ferry parking fee has doubled since we were there in 2009. Sorry to have given you wrong info! But, it still beats driving into the city. :) Too bad the weather was so nasty, really puts a damper (pun just for you, Darrell!) on your activities. Loved revisiting the Big Easy with you!

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