|Photos- Cute little houses in the French Quarter of New Orleans.|
|Photo- The front of the St. Pierre Hotel where I stayed in the French Quarter.|
I walked over to the river area and walked along it for a while. I then decided to be fair and compare Café de Monde’s beignet to the Café Beignet’s beignet. So I sat at a table and ordered coffee and beignet from a paper hatted woman. Well, truth be told, I think I like the Café Beignet’s beignet. (Try saying THAT five times fast. Ha!) But I will say that the view from the Café de Monde is better.
|Photo- A foggy misty morning along the Mississippi River near the French Quarter.|
|Photos- Beignets and coffee and below the view from Cafe de Monde of street artists that sale their wares.|
After a coffee and beignet, I wandered around the French Quarter some more. I was mostly window shopping; most of the places don’t open until 10AM and I was early by about 2 hours. I went over to the French Market which is an outdoor open air market. Some of those vendors were just barely starting to uncover or put out their goods. I was amazed at how many little restaurants there were where you could get breakfast. I just wandered around and window shopped. I also admired some of the houses in the French Quarter. I had heard the day before that the average home in the French Quarter went for $400 per square foot; very pricey and parking would be a REAL pain.
|Photo- The French Market within the French Quarter where you can pick up all sorts of things.|
|Photo- The Cornfield Fence Hotel where the original owner had |
the fence put in to make his Iowan wife feel more at home in New Orleans.
I eventually wandered into a souvenir shop and got some postcards but couldn’t find a bumper sticker that I liked. I was hoping to find a bumper sticker that said something unique like…”New Orleans We Put the FUN in Funerals!” But I didn’t see anything like that but there were tons of Fleur de Lis in either the Saints football team colors or the Mardi Gras colors. I was disappointed. There were a lot of good things said on t-shirts but not much for bumper stickers.
With my big purchase of two postcards, I wandered back to my hotel with about 25 minutes to spare before check out time. I loaded up the car and then went to the front desk to see about getting my car out of the parking lot. A hotel employee needed to move his car and then he offered to back my car out for me. I took him up on that because frankly I suck at backing up. I gave him and the other guy that did hand signals for him a little tip and I was off.
I drove over to the Garden District of New Orleans. I just drove through the big houses with the tree lined streets. It was a wonderful area but I was unsure as to where to park so I just took my time and drove through the area. It made for a nice late morning drive.
Next, I found I-10 and started heading east towards Biloxi which would be the next stop on my BIG adventure. I passed the state line announcing that I was now in Mississippi. Wow! It’s the first time I had been in this state! Shortly after that there was a rest stop with a Mississippi Welcome Center. I decided I would stop and see if I could get a brochure or information about different areas of the state.
I walked into the center and was immediately welcomed. There were people taking pictures, singing, dancing, and handing out treats with coffee. There was a huge hanging sign announcing that Mississippi was showing its southern hospitality. I walked through all this to a bank of brochures along a wall. As I was looking at them a gal in a wheel chair asked if she could help me find something in particular. I talked with her for a bit and she was very helpful. She even suggested a back way to my hotel that would be more scenic; giving me a map in the process. I left with brochures and the map; rather looking forward to checking out the area and possibly visiting more of the state. It was a positive experience which surprised me.
|Photo- The beach front about 10 miles south of Biloxi, MS.|
Another 15 miles down the road and I found myself driving along a white sandy beach. I stopped for a bit and just sat on a bench to admire the beach. It was rather windy and a bit on the chilly side but it was a wonderful view to admire. I eventually got to my hotel and got checked in. I went out after a bit and just drove along in the city areas of Gulfport and Biloxi. There were a few casinos along the shore and it looked like there was an Air force Base nearby.