Making out way through the Deep South

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day 352 - 4/17 - Today we leave Dallas and actually drive through Shreveport ( a bustling seaport) and head South to a tiny town called Ajax!  Trust me, definitely not on any map, BUT we find a nice little campground on grass (yea, no dust!) and a small lake.  It's just a quick stop as we are on our way the next day to New Orleans, baby!!

Day 353 - 354 -355 New Orleans  We are staying at the Lake Ponchetrain RV Park not far from the city and they have a shuttle bus that takes you in at 10:00 and noon and picks you up at either 4:00 or 8:00 p.m.  We take the 10 a.m. in and the 8 p.m. back.  We had a nice walk around the town before we boarded a gray line tour for 2.5 hours around several of the hot spots of N'Alins.  We stopped at one of the grave sites and walked around a bit, then to the 2nd largest park in the US, called Sculptures Park.  It is huge and quite a wonderful thing for New Orleans.  We then saw some of the neighborhoods, the colleges and such.  Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and he told us a little about everything.  The most interesting was that if you were called a Creole, it had nothing to do with a single race (some were a mixture of French, Spanish, African and Native American), but all to do with the year you were born.  If you were born between certain years you were considered a Creole - generally after the late 1700's and before the Civil War. The houses that are considered Creole Cottages are easy to spot, not only because they are usually painted in nice bright colors, but also that the windows in the front are always bigger than the door!  Who knew?  Antebellum homes were also of a certain age from the birth of the US to the beginning of the Civil War.  If you live in one of these homes, it is on the historical register and you may not change out the windows, or change any exterior walls with anything but original materials.  They are extremely expensive to maintain, and only the wealthy live in them.

After our tour we got one of the Beignet's from Cafe Mundo and enjoyed it immensely.  We found a great place for dinner and in between the tour and our pick up time of 8:00 p.m. we walked up and down just about every street that looked interesting, people watched, watched street performers, saw two weddings and one group of wedding goers with a police escort marching down the street complete with a band.  Too funny.  We sat by the Mississippi River and watched the Paddle Wheeler take off and in the evening they played the Calliope for about a half hour.  It was quite a treat.

The last time we were in New Orleans was in 1974, for Mardi Gras, so it was nice to see it again. We were pleasantly surprised by what we saw in the downtown area.  We didn't have a chance to go out to the areas that were hardest hit by Katrina and I'm sure they are not fine yet.   

 
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Claudia on

I have the same Louisiana welcome center shot from last year! Great minds! We'll put Ajax on our must see list ! He hee

Pamela on

Its good to see that No Lo has plenty of tourists and activity after the 'big one' hit. I hope they manage to recover completely in my life time :)

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