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Out’n’About in N’awlins – 1 –

The sun peeked out on our first full day in The Big Easy, and we went out exploring, from the brightly painted nightclubs to the French Market and the French Quarter, we drunk in deep the sights and sounds of this remarkable city.

Outside Yuki, where a Shamisen player performs nightly

 

Kev shops for Mardi Gras outfit in the French Market

 

One of the local eccentrics - He looks even better from the front

 

In the middle of the French market several bands play outdoors. One three piece were particularly easy on the ear, and we stopped to watch them over a coffee.  

Jus' chillin'.....

 It still amazes me that down here you can here blues, beautifully executed by great musicians, right here on the street. 

"...I'm enjoying this..."

The bass player was playing a beautiful Ibanez semi-acoustic bass and Iwent up to have a look at it. It turned out he’d bought it in Istanbul, Turkey!

Missing my bass..........

 They were joined by another of New Orleans colourful characters  on flute.

 

"How high's the water, momma? - It's five feet high and rising...."

 

Miki joins the offensive line for the Saints

Kev Moore

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February 6, 2010 - Posted by | coffee, Entertainment, fun, Music, photography, sport, travel, writing | , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Kevin and Miki,

    I haven’t checked in for a while, but reviewed your last 20-30 posts today and was surprised to find you touring in the American South! I don’t know if any of the old plantations survived Hurricaine Katrina, but if any of them did (Nottoway was a good one, for example) you ought to try to see some–perhaps you can find a few further north.

    I’d love to know what Kevin thinks about the music played around Bourbon Street, and the like!

    If you get a chance to go to North Carolina, in Ashville is a huge castle you shouldn’t miss, that was owned by the Vanderbildt’s (and might be the only castle in America) but has been converted into a huge wine-growing estate today. It’s called the Biltmore Estate.

    It’s been interesting to see your trip. Coming from Europe, are you finding American prices for hotels, eating, and the like very reasonably priced, with the weak dollar?

    Best regards,
    Mary in Marakesh

    Comment by wpm1955 | February 7, 2010

  2. Hello Mary!

    Don’t think we’re going to get a chance to get into Carolina, but checking out an old plantation might be fun. Regarding Castles, we have a lot of them, so they’re not a priority! 🙂
    Bourbon street was amazing the other night, but as a musician I mourn the loss of several blues clubs and the depressing proliferation of ‘girlie’ strip bars. My view is, any old town can peddle flesh to make money, but this is New Orleans and it should not compromise its heritage by catering to the lowest common denominator. We’re actuaslly finding Frenchmen street to be more keeping real Orleans alive.
    With regard to pricings, its actually hard to find reasonably priced accomodation to be honest. I’m not finding America as cheap as it used to be. Drinks are often pricey, and some bartenders try to push you to buy more. This is a problem for me, as I want to watch bands, but don’t really drink. Also, the tipping culture here in America is quite extreme. I believe in tipping as a reward for good service, but here it’s almost expected. At one bar in Memphis (BB Kings) I bought a beer, didn’t tip straight away as I was staying a while and going to order food, and the bartender pointedly slammed the tip bucket down in front of me! I’ve also found CDs and DVDs much more expensive than they used to be here. BUT – Best value for me is Taco Belle!!! Love it!

    Comment by kevmoore | February 7, 2010


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