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Biloxi & New Orleans
April 21 - 27, 2017

 

4.29.17  Thanks, Becky for a GREAT time!!!  Kathleen P.

5.1.17  Hi Becky … As you know, some of us had been waiting for the Biloxi/NOLA trip for five or six years (!), and, from my point of view,  I’m happy to say it was worth the wait!  A great mix of activities, restaurants and venues…touched most everything we think of when we think of New Orleans!!  Thanks again for the opportunity to check NOLA off my ‘bucket list!’   Sandy R.

5.3.17  Art and I had a great time.   Rosemary K.

When asked what my favorite trip has been over the years, I have always answered with New York City.  I now have to change that answer to Biloxi & New Orleans.

Our first night was spent in Tunica, Mississippi, where we over-nighted at Fitzgerald's.  Morning came and we hopped on the bus for our journey to Biloxi, Mississippi, where our first stop was the Biloxi Visitors Center.

Our tour train took us through the city of Biloxi showing us some magnificent beaches, homes, buildings and oak trees.

There was a wedding to be held here that afternoon.  The wedding party was arriving when we drove past.

The "Weather Witch" atop a steeple.

We drove past a restaurant where they were preparing BBQ, so some of the employees stepped to the tour train to say "Hello".

We also made a stop at a memorial to the Hurricane Katrina victims.  The glass enclosure holds some mementoes of some of the people lost in the hurricane.

We spent the night at the beautiful Beau Rivage Casino & Resort and enjoyed a seafood buffet and some time for gambling.  Yes, Beau Rivage is all you have heard it to be.  And we had a couple of nice winners.

In the morning, we were treated to a champagne brunch be packing up and leaving for our Biloxi Shrimp Trip.

Our Captain.

And his dog.

And the assistant.

The gulls certainly knew they could snitch some treats when the nets were pulled up.  We also had 3 dolphins following the boat and were told that they snitch treats from the nets underwater.

After the tour, we went to McElroy's for a shrimp boil, located on the property.

After the shrimp boil, we departed for New Orleans.

We arrived at the Drury Inn and Suites, which was our New Orleans hotel for the duration.  I have all the respect in the world for these motor coach drivers for their driving and parking abilities.  There were 3 spots for bus parking in the hotel parking lot, which they had to back into - and there were 3 buses there every day.  Many times, our driver, George, had to back into the middle spot.

Dinner this evening was at the Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter.

In the morning, we met our step-on guide in the hotel lobby.  She did a superb job, not only telling us the good side of New Orleans, but also the shady side.  The first picture is a building across the street from our hotel.

These, of course, were taken at a typical New Orleans cemetery.  Our guide told us when she visited a city in the north, she was shocked to see not all cemeteries we like those in New Orleans. 

 

After the cemetery, we did a 3 hour tour throughout the city, packing our heads with a huge amount of information about the history of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, and the strength the people had to survive in the aftermath.

We then enjoyed lunch on our own at the restaurant of our choice in the French Quarter.  Some of us took a carriage ride through the city.  The first picture was L. C., the mule who pulled our carriage.  They use mules rather than horses because a mule has more strength and stamina and can sustain the summer heat better than a horse.

We moved on to the National World War II Museum - a museum so very well done, even if you are not interested in the war effort.

Several of us bhad to pose with FDR in front of the museum.

Our activity this evening was a jazz dinner cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

In the morning, we departed the hotel for a swamp boat tour, with our Capt. Danny at the helm.

This little guy was on the bank where we boarded the pontoon boat.

Ricky Raccoon was in trouble with Capt. Danny because a couple of days before, a turtle had laid a nest of eggs and Ricky ate the eggs.

A cemetery in the swamp.

An old trappers' cabin.

We were each given the chance to hold a baby alligator.  His belly and skin were unbelievably soft.

Our next stop was Oak Alley Plantation.  The red and white apparatus the guide is pointing to was a large "fan", which was pulled back and forth by a rope by a servant.

The view from a second story window, from where the plantation got its name.

We enjoyed lunch at the cafe on the plantation.  I had a wonderful crawfish au gratin dish.

Our dinner this evening was at Mulate's Restaurant.

Two of our 5 entree choices were shrimp or jambalaya. 

Of course, beignets are a must when you visit New Orleans.

In the morning, we checked out of our hotel before heading to Mardi Gras World.  We had a very informative guide who showed us the making of the floats and characters for the Mardi Gras Parade.  We first saw a film of the development of the business and enjoyed a piece of King Cake.  Susie got the piece of cake with the baby ikn it, so she was Queen for the Day.

We were able to try on costumes.

King Kong

And Queen Kong, who is a very important element of the parade.

Sorry to say, it was time to head for home.  Our driver suggested another routed out of New Orleans, so we traveled over the 24 mile causeway.

We stopped for dinner at Lambert's in Sikeston, Missouri before heading to our hotel for the night to get a good night's sleep before heading home.

I have all the respect in the world for the people of Biloxi and New Orleans.  They are so proud of their cities, the history, the culture, and its people.