Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Orleans feels like Havana but americanized

New Orleans was once controlled by the Spaniards handed over to the French and now past on to the Americans. Bourbon street lives up to its billing as a sinful strip full of nude bars, voodoo shops, clubs and a large police presence. Lucky Jieun, found some remembrance of New Orleans old character at the Preservation Hall a 2 hour show of great jazz. Chip, a local from the park recommended Cafe Masperos for some good southern eats jambalya, beans and rice and po boys.

We stayed at Bayou Segnette state park just 30 minutes drive and ferry into the French quarter. Only spent one day at the French quarter the rest of time in the park getting eaten alive by unknown insects and planning our next destination.

Next is Texas, Palo Duro Canyon state park a long 16 hour drive

waiting out side Preservation Hall and sipping on the famous Hurricane from Pat O'Brien's

classic New Orleans Jazz show was so cool

some of the local street performers were interesting

this performer never moved!
just our luck that weekend they had a gay festival
and some guys not too happy about it

its not all fun and games alot of hard work and lots of planning

Jieun keeps us both on track and pushing us onward

old Mississippi river boat saying good bye to New Orleans!