We arrived in New Orleans yesterday (September 3) after five days of driving from Cincinnati. We are on a trip with Molly’s brother Robert that will take us from here to Northern Florida, up the East Coast and across the Carolinas and Tennessee, before getting back to Cincinnati on September 17.
The itinerary was suggested by Robert and no matter how we tried to remind him that the South-eastern US in late August and early September can be very hot and humid, he was not dissuaded. So, here we are in New Orleans – and, guess what, the weather is and has been very kind so far. We have had days in the nineties but generally the humidity has been relatively low and walking the cities (Louisville, St Louis, Memphis and Jackson, MS so far) has not been unpleasant. We did experience a heavy thunderstorm today but even that didn’t drive up the humidity nor dampen our spirits.
As I said, we visited Louisville (where we walked the historic downtown area, saw the Slugger Museum and the river front), St Louis (the Gateway Arch, the Mississippi and the beautiful buildings and parks along Market Street) before driving south to Memphis. Here we walked a little of the Music City (but did not grace Graceland with our presence) and once again overlooked the great Mississippi River. In Jackson, MS we spent a very pleasant two hours visiting both the old and the new Capitol buildings, each of which is interesting and contains a lot of history of the state and its links to the secession, the Civil War and the Civil Rights movements.
Now we are in “The Big Easy” for three days to be spent on foot in the vibrant and architecturally interesting French Quarter-and we will undoubtedly sample some of its famous cuisine.
St Louis, MO
The Great River Road from St Louis to Memphis
More from New Orleans and beyond.
Bob and Molly