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Going to New Orleans

My wife and I will be going to New Orleans tomorrow. We'll stay there for 5 nights, then rent a car and travel through some of the South states for the next 23 days.
Nothing booked yet, thus we are flexible where to go when and how long to stay. The rough plan is that first we follow the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico towards Pensacola, then turn North and visit Nashville and Memphis later on to finally follow the Mississippi back to New Orleans.

I am open for suggestions though what to do in this area and I am curious to learn about exciting tips what to see.

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New Orleans is great. I did a half-day tour and was lucky to get a Cajun guide with the real Cajun accent. She entertained us with plenty of history stories, particularly about the cemeteries we visited. Definitely worthwhile to start your visit in New Orleans with a short tour like this.

I thought I was clever to stay in the French Quarter in a historic building - the Jackson Hotel, but it turned out in not such a good idea for sleeping. Like everything is constructed out of wood, and if one opened the front door the whole hotel almost shuddered - everything creaked. So moved to a more civilized Hotel the Holiday Inn. That was before the great flood though. French Quarter of course is a must have experience in New Orleans. Great to stay there for the night and visit all of the Jazz Bars at night. Some also take a day boat trip up the Mississippi. There is a Harbour Quay that is very interesting - and I stocked up there on plenty of cajun spices I took home with me. I was using those up to two to three years and was worth taking them with. Food is really good there and at the time I went very affordable. In the French Quarter they have a special beignet breakfast - a type of pastry with the usual coffee. For lunch or dinner there's Jambalaya.

The coast of Gulf of Mexico is an excellent idea. Maybe you could work your way up to Orlando, Florida and visit Disney World and Epcot Theme Park. I'm not an overly fan of Disney World, but the Epcot Theme Park if you're into future science etc, is awesome - from the point of how well organized it is, and the excellence of the exhibits. I'd love to go back there to see the changes that have been made.
deanhills on Wed May 10, 2017 8:13 am
Thanks for all the hints, deanhills.
I hope our hotel - the La Galeria - is not that noisy, but like always we have earplugs in our luggage.
Boat trip on Mississippi is certainly on our todo list, and trying all the good food there.
A guided city tour is probably a great idea as well.
We have been in Florida in 2003, that's why for now we plan to turn North before we really get into it. But as I said: we are flexible and might change our mind.
amagard on Wed May 10, 2017 10:16 am
Aha, you've seen Florida .... so yes, probably good to stick to the Gulf of Mexico. Long distances so it should be able to keep you very busy.
deanhills on Thu May 11, 2017 3:51 pm
Enjoy your visit to visit to the United States. Look forward to your great pictures.
standready on Fri May 12, 2017 3:34 pm
So far we have done 2 weeks of our 4-week-trip and made it to Gadsden, Alabama, now, from where we will follow the Lookout Mountain Scenic Drive tomorrow to Chattanooga.
Our room in the Gallerie Hotel in New Orleans was quiet noisy since the House Of Blues is in the neighborhood, but we got a different room for the following three nights where we could sleep quiet well.
We explored the city, especially French Quarter of course and also did a river cruise with the Nachez steam boat - quiet impressive.
Then we picked up a car at the airport and followed the Gulf coast via Mobile and Pensacola up to the little and peaceful village of Mexico Beach where we stayed in a nice Inn directly located at the beach.
The day before yesterday we drove all the way up to Huntsville and visited the Space and Rocket Center there to see a Saturn V rocket, a Space Shuttle and learned also about future missions to Mars.
Really nice trip so far, let's see what the coming two weeks will bring to us !
amagard on Thu May 25, 2017 4:23 am
I remember when we went to New Orleans. It was before Hurricane Katrina. I'd never travelled before and I wasn't that nervous either even though it was the first time I'd been on a plain (4 plain rides in total). I'd never been anywhere that warm. I wasn't used to how hot it would get but then at night, you were so cold! I know we visited the French Quarter. We went to Bubba Gump's too (nothing to write home about). I wish we went elsewhere. I think we went to another restaurant called the Brick Oven. That was neat. I wasn't used to the iced tea there. Ours always had sugar but the further south we went it was a shock to taste just the tea! We looked pretty goofy trying to sweeten it up just right!
TheGremlyn on Thu May 25, 2017 6:59 pm
Hi TheGremlyn, we actually like the un-sweetened ice tea because most other drinks here are very sweet. Once in a while a iced Chai Latte Tea, sweet & spicy.
So far in the meantime we made it to Nashville. Saturday evening on the Broadway was just crazy, and then we were trapped in the entry of Bridgestone Arena due to heavy thunder storms. Sunday was more relaxing and we had a nice evening in the Famous Saloon with some country music and Blue Moon Belgium Wheat Bear, one of the bears I started to like over here.
Today we are heading south via Natchez Trace Parkway, most likely we'll visit Franklin tonight. One more week to go !
amagard on Tue May 30, 2017 5:27 pm
After four days we finished the Natchez Trace Parkway, building in several stops to go swimming in a lake or visit Elvis Presleys birth place. Now we reached Natchez and enjoy the comfort of a nice hotel located at the Mississippi river. Tomorrow we will vist a cotton whool plantation, then head South to Morgan City for a swamp boat tour and to New Orleans on Wednesday to board our flight back home.
amagard on Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:31 pm
Wow! Can't believe how full your agenda has been. Huge pace that you set for yourselves. Did you manage to go on any walking trails as well?
deanhills on Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:45 pm
No, no real hiking this time and in this area, except a few short trails, one hour maximum. It is also dammed hot here with high humidity and many mosquitos.
There have been no National Parks on our route and we skipped Smokey Mountains to avoid overloading our agenda.
Meanwhile we made it to Morgan City far in the South in the Mississippi delta. Hoping to get a boat tour organized through the swamps. Momentarily it had been raining cats and dogs, but should clear up on Wednesday latest, which will be our last day here ( today is Monday ).
amagard on Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:12 am

Pictures from my trip start appearing here in one of my flickr albums.
amagard on Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:28 am
Fantastic photos as always! Looks like you had a good time! Thanks for sharing.
standready on Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:07 pm
Ditto here. Those are awesome photos Amagard, and the one you posted in specific very special! Cool
deanhills on Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:10 pm

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