We drove across Lake Pontchartrain late in the afternoon. The old bridge in the distance was destroyed by hurricane Katrina.
Driving around New Orleans trailering Paradox behind the jeep was quite a challenge. I cannot recommend driving downtown big cities with a sailboat. But seeing New Orleans was one of my dreams on this journey, so no complaints! After some difficulties we did manage to cross the Mississippi River and find a nice motel about 10 miles out of town with parking space enough to unhook the boat and leave it there while we went exploring the French Quarter.
Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans was a must!
After the longest wait in history I finally got a cafe au lait and some beignets. That place is busy!
On every street corner there is music – and they start young. Hurricane Katrina created disasters in New Orleans, but the music never died.
I love the mixture of different cultures in New Orleans.
Crawfish etouffee at Gumbo Shop for lunch. Creole cuisine is just delicious!
Hurricane shutters in the French Quarter surrounding the humble entrance of Preservation Hall founded in 1961 to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz.
The old paddle wheel boat The Natchez is still operating on the mighty Mississippi River, right out of Mark Twain. It is the only steamboat left in New Orleans.
I hope to return to the city of music and hanging gardens one day.