New Orleans / Destin / Shreveport Journey November 2012

December 26, 2012

 

Orphan Boys Cross

Orphan Boys Cross

Ride down to NOLA

As usual, we drove from Fairview to New Orleans. I really don’t like to fly and besides driving is cheaper for 2 if you need to rent a car at your destination.  We stopped in Shreveport at a local eatery Tacomania.  Of course it is Mexican food and must be authentic because Menudo is on the menu.  It was good and not a chain which is always a plus.  However, don’t dress up when you eat there.  It’s just a local diner.

We also stopped in Baton Rouge to eat at Bravo!, an Italian chain Gwen loves but has no Dallas locations.  So that was an upper to the trip.  It is on the Southeast side of the city at the Mall of Lousiana.

New Orleans

We arrived in New Orleans without incident, checked in at the Wyndham, and headed out to the One Eyed Jacks on Bourbon street to a rock jam session with a couple of  Texas groups  – Emery Quinn and The Wheeler Brothers.  Both bands were really good.  The atmosphere was pretty sparse and of course smokey.  I’m surprised but Gwen lasted 2 hours before she asked to leave.  Smokey honky tonk and loud new style rock/country/Texas music is not her thing.

Then next morning we had breakfast at our favorite NOLA breakfast place The Trolley Stop on St. Charles just down the street from the Wyndham.  Then we relaxed at the Condo before checking out and touring the Napoleon Number 1 Cemetery.  If you can only visit one above ground cemetery while in NOLA this is the one. It has to be one of the original cemeteries in the City because of the area and the age of some of the tombs.  It’s just down the street from a restaurant called Commander’s Palace which is a couple of blocks off of St. Charles and is a must eat place for lunch.  Caution – make reservations on their as soon as possible before you arrive.  We did not and therefore did not dine there.

Napoleon's Cemetery #1

Napoleon’s Cemetery #1

After the cemetery we stopped by the Morning Call for café au lait and beignets. The Morning Call has the best coffee in the World! And I have partaken of coffee on 5 Continents.

Then we headed out to Destin along IH10 with a stop in Slidell La. at the Southside Cafe which is worth the stop if you’re in that area of the World and hungry.

Destin

We arrived in Destin in good shape and checked into the hotel.  We were pretty wore out after the trip so we dined at a local Carrabba’s.

Woke up Saturday morning, ate breakfast, and ran 3 miles – actually ran 1/2 of the way and walked the other 1/2.  I’m still trying to let my right foot recover from something.  I think the something was too small shoes but of course I’ll never be sure.  After running we relaxed in the condo for a bit and then drove slowly to Seaside where we had lunch at the Great Southern which is an open air, at least this time of year, establishment serving “Southern” cooking.  I had the catfish and grits.  The grits were sooo good.  Then we drove on to Panama City to see the Wyndham there.  I was not impressed.  Stay in Destin when you come to the Florida Panhandle.

Seaside Ice Cream Stand

Seaside Ice Cream Stand

After returning from the drive we spent the rest of the afternoon listening to the Aggies beat Sam Houston State via a new free App “TuneIn Radio” which allows you to listen to literally 1000s of radio stations.  We tuned into Dave South’s live broadcast.  I don’t know how they do it but I plan to use it as long as it lasts.

We dined at McGuire’s Irish Pub Saturday night.  It is the highest rated restaurant in the area on Trip Advisor and another great place to eat if you are ever in Destin.

Sunday in Destin was a rest day for us.  I walked the beach while Gwen read. We ate lunch at Bonefish. Then we watched the Cowboys win in overtime.  After the game we drove down to the port and dad a drink at an open air bar and watched the sunset.  But damm, I lost my sun glasses at that bar.  We prepared dinner in the condo, packed and had a good nights sleep.

The beach

The beach

We drove to Shreveport Monday which was totally boring.

Shreveport

We stayed at a Hampton Inn on the Southeast side.  It was a great place except for no refrigerator which is a must with Gwen.  We ate dinner at the steakhouse in the Eldorado Casino.  Best meal of our trip and by far the most expensive – $140.

Find your beach

Find your beach

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Napolean’s Cemetery #1

December 8, 2012

We were in New Orleans a few weeks ago. While there we visited one of the oldest cemeteries in the Garden District – Napolean’s Cemetery #1. It is a spooky place and well worth the stop.

Napolean's Cemetry #1

Napolean’s Cemetry #1