Bourbon Street (Day 10)

Trip Start Apr 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

               Our next day driving, was a long one, made no shorter by the reduced speed zone of 40 or more miles upon an arrow straight bridge deck hovering only ten feet above a giant swamp preceding New Orleans.  It was bad enough that it was so long and featureless, the badness was compounded by the travel being so slow.  I don't recall, immediately how long or how slow that bit went.  I’m positive that given the pain of it all, I’ve blocked it out.
                Our arrival at the Countryside Inn and suites was greeted by an offer of overnight rockstar parking right in front of the hotel.  After dropping off our things in the suite provided, as a wedding gift from Kirstin’s sister Laci, we hightailed it over to Bourbon Street for a night of food and drink.  We stopped for a meal of Jambalaya and po-boy sandwich – both of which were delicious!  The evening finished off at Lafitte’s blacksmith shop bar with ghost stores provided by a kindly, older, custodian that has worked there for more than 25 years.  The place, built in 1772 is the oldest continually occupied bar in the United States and the legend is that it was once owned by the pirate Jean Lafitte, four years before the United States claimed their independence.  The whole structure simply oozed the distant past, people were drinking here far too much.  It is, undoubtedly the oldest building that I’ve ever been in.  With our rum and cokes complete, we made our way to the hotel for more unconscious bliss…
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