Down south where the men are tough and the gators are scared...I mean sacred.
12.03.2013 12 °C
Caught a coach transfer out to the airport for our lunch time flight from Dallas Fort Worth to New Orleans. A great set up at the airport from over 6 terminals and probably 200+ gates. We arrived in the basement where our bags were taken from the coach (only the 2 of us) straight onto a check in counter. They print the ticket, check the bags and teach me to pronounce New Orleans correctly. Casual walk up to the security check in which is about 10 times more serious and vigilant than any experienced in oz.
Checked into the American Airlines "Admirals Club" (finally home and recognised).
Easy 1 hour flight time saw us landing on time into Louis Armstrong airport in New Orleans. The city is pronounced like I do it, so the guys that checked our baggage into the plane taught me how to say it properly. It really comes out norleans.
We caught another transfer coach to our hotel which is on the corner of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. This street is where is all happens at night with jazz bands, mardi gras and bars. Whilst we are on the fourth floor, I shit you not, they left pairs of earplugs on the bed for our use. Not a good sign for a couple of old farts like ourselves.
Talking of beds, the one in our room is something else. I needed to jump up to get into it and Mandy had to use the lounge foot stool to climb up. If she rolls out tonight we could be in for hospital expenses.
The lounge is nice, not great just nice. As always, there idea of happy hour is strange. Yanks certainly don't understand Aussies. Happy hour here is 4pm to 8pm. Unlike most lounges which have free alcohol and food, this one has 1 free drink and some crappy deep fried food. Again no wonder the yanks are eating themselves to death.
The lounge is airy and warm.
Off to dinner at a restaurant called "Olivers". The facility looked and smelled great but the food was pretty ordinary. In fairness we picked things we new little about. Mandy had Gumbot and I had shrimp creole something.
Still a really good setting the services was great. We were very tired so an early night to bed.