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Redeye
11-19-2013, 03:15 PM
So, I'll wash up in Louisiana for the first two weeks of December, and while I'll have to spend most of it working, the last 4 days are earmarked 'Vacation'...

So aside from looking at the Mississippi and eating as much shrimp and BBQ ribs as possible, I'm wondering if it's the kind of region to hire an RV, and roll around, or better to just hire a car and find small town hotels. My wife will be joining me for the last week.

Hoping to get out of the city and see something of the countryside.

Any pointers greatly appreciated.

bamamick
11-19-2013, 03:38 PM
A car, a car, a car! A car. Period. Driving an RV around New Orleans would be about like driving one in Zurich. Very narrow streets, very congested. And there are WONDERFUL small hotels in the Quarter and elsewhere. Madisonville is one place to go look for boats, and you can't go wrong driving down towards the Mississippi coast over to Ocean Springs, and Fairhope, Alabama is a pretty spiffy little town on your way to the sugar-sand beaches of the northern Gulf Coast.

ml

Redeye
11-19-2013, 03:58 PM
well, I wasn't going to drive the RV around in the City itself :)

But your point is well taken...

Thanks for the pointers.

R

Don Z.
11-19-2013, 06:43 PM
Definitely a car over an RV... New Orleans proper is a tourist town, and you can really get by walking and cabbing it. Depending on what you want to do, the streetcar will come in handy. If you want to go afield, a car would be the way to go. Contact me off line with an idea of the things you'd like to see, and I'll do what I can to help, to include a précis of the places you should definitely NOT go...

Redeye
11-20-2013, 05:09 PM
Thanks, Don,

Will be in touch soon, when we get a definite idea of things we'd like to see.

Cheers

R

62816inBerlin
11-21-2013, 06:25 AM
You'll need a car for the surrounding countryside.
We stayed in the Garden district (Prytania Park Hotel) and it was a comfortable tram ride to the Old Town (French Quarter etc.). Once there, you can see most of the sights on foot. Very interesting and enjoyable, sub-tropical, we had reall warm weather in March, so you may still have pleasant temperatures.

Enjoy your vacation.

Gernot H.

swoody126
11-21-2013, 09:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS?

& only 4 days?

track shoes required

the STREETCAR, buy a 3-day pass & ride the whole thing, getting off n back on frequently @ interesting points

http://www.neworleansonline.com/tools/transportation/gettingaround/streetcars.html

take the obligatory stroll down BOURBON STREET, what a gaggle

JACKSON SQUARE is an OUGHT2 SEE

CENTRAL GROCERY, the originaL MUFFALETTA SANDWICH(share a 1/2 w/ your bride)

http://www.centralgroceryneworleans.com/

CAFE DU MOND, don't inhale while eating your BEIGNETS (http://cafedumonde.com/beignets)

http://cafedumonde.com/

realistically, your plate is full, staying in town, for 4 days

getting out in southern Louisiana opens a whole new can of worms

the food, the boat shops(cypress & aluminum), the southern mansions/plantations, the music, THE PEOPLE...

don't spread yourself too thin, w/ expectations of getting out in the country

enjoy the time in town with your bride

YOU WILL BE REWARDED...

just this old man's 2˘ worth

and i'm sure there will be some locals chime in, one way or the other

sw

62816inBerlin
11-25-2013, 03:58 PM
NEW ORLEANS?

& only 4 days?

track shoes required

the STREETCAR, buy a 3-day pass & ride the whole thing, getting off n back on frequently @ interesting points

.........
YOU WILL BE REWARDED...

just this old man's 2˘ worth

and i'm sure there will be some locals chime in, one way or the other

sw


GOOD POST - fully agree!

Gernot H.

Redeye
11-26-2013, 07:23 PM
Thanks Folks,

I'll actually be in New O for two weeks, evenings will be free-ish so will have some evenings to see stuff. Wife will arrive 3 days before my meetings finish so she will also see stuff. Then we'll take the four days..

All great tips though, thanks.

R

62816inBerlin
11-27-2013, 11:31 AM
Have fun. BTW if you are interested in working steam equipment, albeit on a steel vessel, take a trip on the "Natchez" where you can walk around the engine room area.
http://mirrordiscussforum.org/pictures/gernots/WBF/natchez1.jpg

with boilers named :

http://mirrordiscussforum.org/pictures/gernots/WBF/boilers.jpg

And if you are bored by all that, you could look up this exciting historical site in the Garden District:

http://mirrordiscussforum.org/pictures/gernots/WBF/nothing.jpg



Cheers,

Gernot H.