Monday, February 15, 2010

New Orleans - Mardi Gras - Depressed Areas

We made it to New Orleans and found a small rv park with only 40 sites. We are packed in like sardines but we are here for the Mardi Gras. However, it is cold and windy and parking downtown is between 40 and 60 dollars. Taking the bus is an option but the cold is keeping me from going outside. I am doing laundry now and even here it's cold.

We headed down to the French Quarter last night and sat in traffic most of the time. Finally arriving at Harrah's we had a nice dinner at Bambu. A delicious salmon sushi, stir fried veggies and rice. A bottle of wine to go with it and it made for a great evening. We walked around Fulton, Canal and Bourbon but the crowds were overwhelming. Don't get me wrong, it seems like a lot of fun but I am not into crowds and lots of noise.

Penny slots are always my attraction. Free drinks and great entertainment as we watched people take cash advances on their credit cards.

Driving into New Orleans from the I-10 was a depressing experience. It just doesn't look like the city will ever be the same. Crime is up, construction is almost non-existent and you see a lot of people who are just flat out broke. Most houses have not had any repairs done to them, abandoned and forgotten.

No matter where you are at you can always enjoy a sunset. Here we were sitting on the freeway whe we saw this one.

More later.

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