Place d'Armes Hotel
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Sunday 18th November.
Union Station in time for the 'Sunset Limited' train to New Orleans. We should arrive in New Orleans (NOLA) on Tuesday afternoon. We check our baggage in, as there is no room for it in the 'sleepette' and board. Same set up as the San Francisco train, a small compartment with pull down beds, dining car and view coach …
... carry a taxer gun yet they still walk round with minimal movement in their limbs do to the padding they have on, these guys have guns, tazers and pepper spray and all they got to protect them is a sheriff hat! Went and chilled in the courtyard at the hotel, bourbon street was good but the tackiness of the promoters outside clubs and the flashy lights and tacky bars put me off a little, when I wanted to see more jazz pubs and bars. Memphis tonight, let's hope I sleep as well as I did coming ...
... cost only 40 cents each into the centre of the city.
Despite the thunder and cloud bursts, we explored the French market which was fascinating with lots of foods, and exquisite masks for Mardi Gras processions.
This city is still trying to recover from the effects of Katrina, some houses have been raised on stilts, then abandoned as the owners ran out ...
... down the set, he wasn't coming back. It was a slow crawl to get out of the main stage area and onto the race track. There were only a few foot bridges that transversed a drain that was between the centre grassed area in the middle and the track itself, so it was a huge bottle neck as everyone went to leave. The festival was finished for the day. When I finally got out of the human crush, I dashed around to the tee shirt stall and bought a shirt. I had to. I always buy a shirt ...
... was a guarantee of getting something..I tried, it didn’t work haha! We did come away with A LOT of beads though without having to “work” for them if you know what I mean! FYI, the parades are family friendly fun and they do not go down Bourbon Street.
That evening we headed to Bourbon Street again (as you can imagine, not family friendly!) after dinner at The Blues Club. It was still wet and cold and crowded and rowdy and interesting ...