Saturday 30 October 2010

Day 64 – From NOLA To HOTX…

After checking out this morning we headed off to get the Yank some coffee and the Brit some tea. Turns out New Orleans appears to suffer daily from a ‘morning-after’ as the streets stunk and everyone around us was indulging in greasy fry-ups. If you ever plan to visit, be warned this is a smelly town, soaked in alcohol and possibly the effects of that alcohol. Apparently the only ones without sore heads were us.
Even the baristas in the coffee shop weren’t fully awake as they managed to give us two drinks each. Not wanting to look a gifthorse in the mouth we tried to make a quick getaway before they realized their error. Trip lesson no.361: Never rush a Brit pouring milk into her tea, it will not end well. I have no game when it comes to crime as I clumsily proceeded to make a scene and spill liquids all over the place. Let it be noted nothing free comes without a price - sticky milk hands and sleeves being mine!

Before departing New Orleans we drove over to the Garden District to rub shoulders with the millionaires and their mansions. The purpose for this stop-off was to see the ‘Benjamin Button’ house. In the light of day it is nothing like the rundown home for the elderly that the movie makes it out to be! Sightseeing done for the day, we made our way out of town (via the Superdome!) and got on the road.
It was a long drive out of Louisiana and its swamplands, but eventually we made it to state number 44: Texas. Ah, the Lonestar state. One of the rare ones both myself and Joe have visited before. A couple of years ago we flew over for the Austin Film Festival. Having had some friends there last week for this year’s festival, we were disappointed we couldn’t figure out a way to make it to Texas a few days earlier to hang with them. Oh well, there’s always next year!
Our destination in Texas is not somewhere we’ve been before though (unless you count Joe’s layover at the airport years ago). We’re staying in Houston – the 4th biggest city in America – and already being in a huge metropolis again is a lot of work. Traffic here is a challenge to say the least…therefore we’re hiding out in the hotel until tomorrow! It’s just as well, our camera seems to be on the fritz anyway…
So, until tomorrow…

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