Lil' Mizzip

Trip Start May 04, 2012
Trip End May 20, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Monday, May 14, 2012

You’d think the states of The South would be pretty similar
landscape wise... You’d be wrong. We entered Mississippi and instantly knew;
not because of the road signs but because of the swamp we saw! We also saw more
road kill... this time, a bear. Yes folks, the road kill down here isn’t just
badgers, ‘coons and armadillos, it’s huge mammals that could right off even the
biggest of SUV.

We arrived in Biloxi which is kinda new looking. A lot of
damage was done here during Katrina so the casinos and hotels around nd the
strip are all pretty new. What astounded us the most was HUGE oak trees next to
palm trees! Very unsettling for English folk like us.

Our hotel in Biloxi was pretty standard; to be honest, we
think it was a common haunt for gamblers. Due to our tire issues we didn’t get
there until late so freshened up (you have to freshen up every 5 mins here due
to the heat) and headed out for some food. I had noticed a local oyster house
about a block away so I dragged Dave there... Sooooo glad I did! I had the best
meal of our entire tour there – An oyster sampler platter with 12 oysters
cooked in 4 different ways. It was immense. Dave settled for the safe seafood
pasta but still tasted and enjoyed some of my platter.

We knew that after food we would be headed to the casinos.
Neither Dave or I have ever been in a casino before so were excited but
nervous. We had no idea what to expect and we’d been told that the Beau Rivage
directly in front of our hotel had over 21,000 slots... Hardcore.

We wandered down the strip and settled on the Hard Rock casino; it was a brand
we knew and the giant flashing guitar lured us in with the promise of fun and

I will say, there are some choice people in casinos. We only walked through the
several thousand slot machines and saw many different walks of life including
people who just sat on the same machine pumping dollar after dollar into it’s
greedy mouth, older women with blue rinses and tracksuits attached to their
gambling cards and slots via a secure leash, middle aged men who obviously lost
a lot, smoked a lot and drank a lot... and of course, people like us who were
just there to have fun.

We obtained our gold membership gambling cards, changed up some money and hit
the slots. It took a while but soon we worked out what we were doing; at one point
I put in $5 and won $34... and then lost it again. Dave too had a few machines
that awarded him the dizzy heights of $17 and $20 but again, what was won got lost.

We spent $60 dollars and lost it all but we’d written the money off anyway. It
was a lot of fun and a great taster for hitting the casinos in Vegas when we go
there... I just gotta make sure I save a bit of money first ;)

We headed back to the hotel and slept. It had been a weird
old day with the tire issue, longer journey’s than we’d planned and too much
sun... We needed our sleep; tomorrow we’d be heading to New Orleans.

The next morning we woke and ate breakfast and headed out to
explore what Biloxi has to offer during the day as we weren’t expected in NOLA
until 3pm. We found a quaint little art shop that displayed and sold art done
by local artists... I was in my element. $80 and a couple of hours of chatting
later, we headed back to the oyster house for lunch. We both ordered the voodoo
shrimp po-boy; it was our first po-boy and absolutely to die for. The voodoo
shrimp are awesome and the bread was fresh and crusty... The food in
Mississippi was equally as good as the food in Tennessee and Alabama.

We paid our bill and headed on the road to Louisiana... I
knew this would be an intense journey; one I had been waiting many years for
and one that was oddly emotional... But that’s a whole other blog.

Sian xx

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