Along the lines of never say never, I remember telling my Parrothead buddy Rob, after Buffett had ended a show with L'air de la Louisiane, that while
I knew Rob and Mary loved New Orleans enough to go every year, it just wasn't big on my list. So funny enough I find myself there probably two months after
that discussion, I now I certainly do like the place and want to explore it further.
Also South America wasn't on my list to go back to either, yet it is now the first trip I have booked for 2011...
Sunday December 5th
#1162 Depart Austin, TX (AUS) 10:10 AM arrive in Houston (Hobby), TX (HOU) 11:00 AM
#389 Change in Houston (Hobby), TX (HOU) 11:35 AM arrive in New Orleans, LA (MSY) 12:35 PM
$33 taxi ride to the hotel.
Hampton Inn New Orleans- Convention Center
"Our beautiful hotel in New Orleans sits within walking distance of just about everywhere you want
to be in the Big Easy. Take a stroll over to Jackson Square and have some beignets at Café du
Monde. Amble through the French Quarter or down Magazine Street and poke into some of the
antique stores. Want to visit a casino? One of the area's finest is just a half-mile from our front
door. Catch a game at the Superdome. Stroll the gorgeous campus of Tulane University. Explore
the interactive and amazing exhibits at the World War II Museum. It's all just a short walk from the
Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in New Orleans-Convention Center."
Free wifi and breakfast, and room had a fridge and microwave. Great location and value.
While asking questions at the front desk, a fellow tourist who was heading out of town gave me her trolley pass and some
advice I would use, very nice of her.
View out my window- convention center is literally right next door.
And I finally get to stop at the famous Cafe du Monde, this being my fourth trip to New Orleans I believe.
My first return since Katrina.
Well, I must say the
beignets were fantastic! Served hot, not expensive but still more than I could eat.
Sweets...now a very rare treat indeed.
And just a few steps away is Jackson Square.
And on the advice of the woman from the hotel I went to
Johnny's Po-Boy..she was right, it turned out to be one of the best sandwiches I have ever had!
I got the "Johnny's Special"- there was beef gravy in it, making it like a
French dip sandwich that you didn't have to dip. Incredible!
I had eaten so much that I didn't feel good...taking a short nap I almost didn't want to get out of bed. This rock star lifestyle is tough!
And imagine, I was only halfway through a 3-day tour, and I also wasn't the one actually doing work.
NOAAHH I contacted Sid at the org and was able to upgrade to the VIP balcony area for $50 more. Turns out it also helped me skip the
big line to get in too.
I got in early enough that I could have been front row again, something I covet, but I decided to stay up top
where my view was also unobstructed and perhaps gave a better perspective to all the performers.
Intro to the event
I made friends with fellow fan and local Radio Margaritaville host Greg, and he helped
me get this pic with Allen Toussaint.
I also made friends with artist Jan who was next to me on the balcony, which allowed us to get drinks/use the bathroom/etc without losing
Like all three events this weekend, the food and drinks were included. And we had some really good stuff-
here you see some very nice sausage jambalaya and pasta alfredo with lobster. But this was it, I really couldn't eat or drink any more.
John Cleary Wiki Little Freddie King- he looked like an old Snoop Dogg Wiki Deacon John Wiki
Jimmy was introduced by James Carville, who I only know of through CNN.
Reading his background on
Wiki he went to LSU, served in the Marine Corps, and played a major role in getting Clinton elected. Pretty interesting guy.
I Wanna Hang With Jimmy Buffett Fortune Teller
*** the lost song- what did he play here?
Do you know what it Means to Miss New Orleans
The only Buffett song played.
When I first learned about this event I thought it would be Jimmy solo acoustic, pretty rare to see these days. His set ended up being call it 5.5
songs with the local band, Allen, and he brought along Coral Reefers Mac, Nadirah, Tina, and Robert.
I'm glad I went, it was a unique event with New orleans legends. But have to admit the way the event was worded I thought I would get
to meet Jimmy again, and I tried very hard to, but to no avail.
I do think I was the only fan at all three shows though. That is something : )
Buffett News article on my videos
Southwest #979 Depart New Orleans, LA (MSY) stops in Houston, TX 7:00 AM arrive in Austin, TX (AUS) 9:35 AM
And drove straight into work...