When we got off at N O station we were greeted with the sound of jazz music playing through the tannoys , you definately feel that you have arrived at a special place , especially when the humidity hits you smack in the face .
Easy to find guest house which is run by Phillip and David ,, very nice couple !
! , but great hosts, stayed in french quarter which is very old and original ,, but also very dusty and dirty ,, it was full of character and interesting people though ,, live jazz and music just everywhere ,, the place is very chilled as i suppose it has to be as it was 80+ degrees and over 80 % humidity ,, very uncomfortable ,, kev was even keen to come into all the shpos with me to get the air con ,, ha ,,, Went on a steamer on the mississippi but the big down side to the place was the mozzies !! darn things we are bitten to death ,, think tally is about 75 each ,, Southern food is a bit odd but we tried to get a variety ,, grits and red beans and jambalaya ,, still not sure what it was ,, but shrimps with everything just like in forest gump!!
Flew off to Pheonix and stayed with kevs uncle and aunty for a few days, not done much as its over 100 most days but at least no humidity so feels a lot better and we have recovered nicely from the bites,, just about ready for the next onslaught
Off to hire a car tomorrow ,, (Saturday) as we intend driving to Las Vegas over the next 3 day via grand canyon and hoover dam ,, depends on sharons map reading skills which on past experience we could end up in the dam !!
got to train station , somehow ended up in first class lounge ,, think kev needed a suit and laptop , not his shorts !! anyway free nibbles and drinks so success ,, directed to a large door which led directly onto platform where someone had kindly parked the train ,, had a sleeping compartment which just had 2 seats and a bunk ,, sink and loo ,, very cosy !! but ok ,, would have slept a little had the train not honked at every level crossing ,,, and there are a lot !! Every 4 hours or so you are dragged off to the buffet car to be force fed but a good way to meet and chat to fellow travellers , so not all bad ,