Monday,we drove through Louisiana. We drove from our house in Texas through Shreveport, and then straight down, all the way to New Orleans. We stopped at Oak Alley Plantation, just outside of New Orleans, and had a tour of this amazing old plantation....
|The weird looking thing is a ceiling fan. A slave would pull the rope, and it would fan the guests.|
|The plantation owner's' wife slept here.|
|The very lavish master suite.|
|One of the slave cabins|
We crossed a lot of bridges over the Mississippi. You could see a lot of factories and oil companies.
Then we were in New Orleans. Parts of it were very pretty.
However, parts were scary. We decided to go for a walk through the streets, and we wanted to walk down Bourbon Street, because it's very famous. However there were a lot of bars and clubs, and shops that sold stuff with, er, bad pictures on it and posters of ... people posing , shall we say, inappropriately... We quickly abandoned that idea.
Then we went to eat at Deanie's Seafood. It was really good.
It started raining, so I had to take a bunch of fast pictures from the car.
There were beautiful flowers everywhere.
Tuesday, we kept driving, through a little piece of Mississippi and Alabama, then we got on a long bridge and drove to Dauphin Island, Alabama. We rented a beach house called "Sunny Pit." It had 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a nice kitchen and 360 views of the Gulf and the Mississippi Sound. It was so cute!
|My room at the beach house.|
We toured historic Fort Gaines, also on the island. It guarded Mobile Bay from Union soldiers during the Civil War It was used as an outpost during the Spanish-American conflict in 1898, and as an Army base in WW 2. The famous quote "D*** the torpedoes... Full Speed Ahead!" was given during the Battle of Mobile bay , which took place at the fort. All over the fort were little tunnels leading to rooms that would've stored ammo, men, or guns.
There were tons of winding steps leading to tiny rooms, like secret passages. It was really fun to walk through it, imagining what it was like for the people there.
|These stairs seemed to go on forever, but they led to a large store room for guns and supplies.|
Wow. This was very long. Part 2 won't be as long, I promise. Comment?