|Jackson Square, named for our Seventh President and hero of the battle of New Orleans.|
Although New Orleans is rich with energy and culture, it is known for its high crime rate. It has the highest homicide rates in the United States. When we first arrived we felt very uncomfortable, having been warned by many to not walk around at night. The first couple of days we drove our car everywhere which was even more dangerous with all the one way streets and arguing with the GPS (and each other). Then our 70 yr old RV neighbor said there's no problem that she walks alone all the time from the RV park to the French Quarter, returning in the dark. So we went with her to hear music at night. Safety in numbers. Or Dick said we could just outrun her. Maggie and Brenin said they would use taxi service when they were out late. We aren't sure if they always did, but I, being always the concerned parent, refrained from being the "mom".
|Kermit Ruffins was very entertaining.|
We enjoyed listening to the music of Luke Winslow-King and Esther Rose.
A must see since Brenin and Luke went to High School together.
Armstrong Park was beautiful and only a short walk from
the RV park.
|Great music everywhere you turned.|
|St. Louis Cemetary located right next to the RV Park.|
Of course we ate lots of good food but the best of all was our last night together. We had relocated to Bayou Signette State Park about 20 minutes from town. We found a Shrimp Market right outside the entrance. Brenin fixed us a great meal - Jambalaya, jumbo shrimp and boudin.
After a wonderful week together we dropped Maggie and Brenin at the airport and, once we knew they were in the air, began heading west along the Gulf through Cajun country on the 180-mile long Creole Scenic Byway. After three ferry rides we are now at Padre Island National Seashore. It's so nice to hear Dick whistling again. He is out of his element in big cities as you will read on his blog: DICK'S BLOG - LOOKING AT LIFE THRU ONE EYE
|Didn't get enough of this music in New Orleans!|
|Pelican and dolphin watching as we rode the ferry.|
Funny Face is hiding under the couch.