Trip Start Feb 20, 2012
Trip End Apr 15, 2012

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 12 - Friday March 2nd 
Stats - 260 KM & 6 Hrs. in car. 

Dauphin Island, AL to New Orleans LA 

We got up and had a good breakfast  provided by our hosts. Donna finally got a plate of her beloved grits! (In case you don't know it's white, tasteless mush that make oatmeal seem like the most delicious stew you've ever had - in MY opinion). After that our host Carol took us for a drive around Dauphin Island. Down past the beach houses to the South end beach/park, where we stopped and walked out on a beautiful beach - except for the pieces of 'Asphalt ' scattered around. Or so I thought until Carol explained it was the product of the BP Gulf Oil Disaster. BP spread a chemical coagulant on the oil as it spewed out which basically turned it into soft asphalt which sunk to the bottom and hardened. You can tell the difference when you pick a piece up because the 'bit's in it are shells not stones. We continued our 'tour' back to the other end of the island as far as the ferry port we didn't use the night before (Grrr!).

We left Dauphin Island at 10 am crossed into Mississippi (State #11) at 11:30.We stopped in a place called Ocean Springs which had some great shops and dozens of local artists goods on display. One shop in particular had amazing items from not just local artists but from all over North America, she did have a store in New Orleans too, but Katrina took care of that. Biloxi Mississippi saw some of the worst damage from Katrina, but is mostly rebuilt now, although there were sections that were still levelled. Huge parking lots with nothing but cement pads behind, perhaps a shopping mall? There were more beautiful beaches along I-90, which of course we couldn't see much of because of the, yes, fog. We crossed into Louisiana at 3pm, and  at points the fog lifted and it rained heavily, but it was clearing up by the time we reached the outskirts of New Orleans.  Once again 'Jill' our constant companion (GPS) took us in on a mostly empty back highway, but no escaping the traffic in a city this size. We got on the interstate and took the bridge over the Mississippi to the 'west bank' which is where Algiers Point is. We parked in front of the 'House of the Rising Sun' Bed & Breakfast. We were a bit early and no one was home, so we walked around the block looked at some of the houses, and stopped at a small restaurant/cafe called the 'Toute du Suite' Cafe, neat spot that has LIVE music for BREAKFAST! on weekends - we knew we were in New Orleans now!

A few minutes later we met up with one of our hosts Kevin (the other is his wife Wendy), and he showed us our room (very nice) and told us what was happening 'on the point' tonight. We decided to stay on this side of the river for Friday night and 'do' the 'Big Easy' tomorrow. Algiers Point is the 2nd oldest town in Louisiana and has undergone (& still is) lots of restoration. The houses are small and close together but very nice. The prevalent house style is the 'Shotgun' both single & double. Doubles are mostly 2 family semi-detached, but our B & B is a Double Shotgun that has been modified to create a home for a single family and guests.

We went out for dinner 2 blocks away at the 'Drydock' Restaurant a hotspot amongst the locals where we had soup. Me the Shrimp Bisque and Donna the Seafood Gumbo. When it arrived my bisque was very tasty, Donna's Gumbo was loaded with Sausage! So we switched, and I got the short end of that stick! Followed it up with Red Beans & Rice for Donna, and I had my first Muffaletta in 38 years! Delicious stuff - if you love olives. (Did I mention I was here when I was 17 with Mike B. & Jamey B.?  Well then, that's another story --- or History! 
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Don and Carol France on

Grits -agree white and no taste, muffaletta -really, really good but you need to try a pot "Crawfish" as Don did, you get a lesson on how to eat and need a big, big bib with lots of napkins to wipe your face!
Sounds like you guys are seeing lots and lots!

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