Day Five

Trip Start Oct 27, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Kudzu and I spent the morning on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville pretending to be locals. We had breakfast at a local coffee shop and took a walk along the miles long green way that divides Lake Ponchatrain from the town. The green way is spotted with mature live oaks, playgrounds, and benches. Mandeville is one of the prettiest small towns I've ever seen and appears to be a bedroom community for New Orleans. It's full of beautiful, but liveable, old homes along with unique restaurants, shops, and galleries and best of all, very few chains. With the green way along the lake, a very long bike trail, and lots of parks, it's a very liveable little town.

After lunch, Zoobley and I took the causeway (across Lake Ponchatrain) into New Orleans and found a room at the Rathbone Inn which is really an 1846 row house on the edge of the French Quarter. I'm discovering that the U.S. is not a very dog friendly country, but this place thankfully accepts small spotted dogs.

Kudzu and I celebrated Halloween by strolling up and down Rue Bourbon and collecting Mardi Gras beads. She was a big hit and had her picture taken dozens of times. Everyone kept giving her Mardi Gras beads and by the end of the night she was covered in beads from head to toe. A cop ran us off once telling me "unless that's a seeing eye dog, it can't be on Bourbon Street." After I stopped laughing, he said he was serious so we circled the block and came back a few blocks down and none of the other cops we saw ever said anything.

Talk about a party. They really know how to do it down here. Zoobley and I enjoyed a few beers, a lot of good music, and some really unique Halloween costumes before heading back to the Rathbone.
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