Posted by: Cross Country Couple | September 22, 2008

Day 37 … New Orleans, LA

We slept at a truck stop in the middle of no where at Hotel Corolla last night.  As we made our way into New Orleans, we drove past the Superdome (I snapped a few photos from the car).  Once we reached New Orleans, we decided to make our first stop in the French Quarter to explore the famous city.  We parked on Toulouse Street and walked toward Decatur Street.  We walked through the Jax Brewery (which turned out to be a shopping center, not a brewery) and visited the Hard Rock Café New Orleans. 

 

There was a slight bit of rain in the morning while we did some shopping in the area.  Next, we made our way to the French Market. The French Market is a group of shops, restaurants, and vendors.  There weren’t many vendors out this morning (maybe a slow morning, maybe the impending hurricane).  On the way back to the car to feed the meter, Danielle stopped in at a small shop and bought a dress. 

 

 

  

 

Matt and Danielle enjoying a huge Muffaletta sandwich for lunch.

Matt and Danielle enjoying a huge Muffuletta sandwich for lunch.

 

Danielle recognized this sign for the homemade Muffuletta from the Travel Channel.

Danielle recognized this sign for the homemade Muffuletta from the Travel Channel.

After getting a drink at the car and putting another 2 hours on the meter, we decided to walk along Bourbon Street.  It was funny to see that many of the bars had To Go windows.  We stopped in at Fritzel’s, the first bar in the US to server Jager, to try a Hurricane.  For lunch, we stopped in at a grocery store/café that Danielle had seen on the Travel Channel for a Muffuletta, a huge pastrami and Swiss cheese sandwich with a homemade olive salad spread.  As we toured Jackson Square, we saw many horse drawn carriages along the streets and the St. Louis Cathedral.

 

St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA.

St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA.

Matt and Danielle made sure to check out the French Market where many vendors sell everything from food to purses to fake alligator heads.

Matt and Danielle made sure to check out the French Market where many vendors sell everything from food to purses to fake alligator heads.

St. Louis Cemetery No.1 in New Orleans, LA.

St. Louis Cemetery No.1 in New Orleans, LA.

   

Our next stop was at the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.  The cemetery was a classic above ground burial site used by generations of catholic families.  We noted some sites that had been used to bury entire families dating back to 1810.  After the cemetery, we decided to take a drive through the 9th Ward that was hit the hardest when the levees broke during Katrina.  We saw many homes with the indicative crosses on the doors stating how many people had been found in the home and the date it was excavated. 

 

Matt jumped into the Gulf Coast of the Mississippi despite the Beach Closed signs and impending Hurricane.

Matt jumped into the Gulf Coast of the Mississippi despite the Beach Closed signs and impending Hurricane.

 

From New Orleans, we made our way into Mississippi to attempt to go swimming.  Unfortunately, many of the beaches are still closed down from Katrina and we were battling strong winds from Ike.  The winds were strong enough to send a near constant stream of sand through the air.  As you may have guessed it didn’t stop Matt from jumping into the Gulf Coast for a moment.  To make our trip to Mississippi worthwhile, we stopped in at a few casinos.  By 1:30 AM, Danielle was up $9 and Matt was up $6, and we were headed towards Memphis, TN.

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