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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fri. Mar. 25th, 2011 Gretna Louisiana

Join us as we travel North America in our Holiday Rambler Vacationer, 
 since August 2006

       Another one of these great warm days, starting with coffee, computing and a walkabout the resort.
rays of sun on the pond
       Today we are taking a trip across Lake Ponchartrain Causeway to New Orleans and the free ferry across the Mississippi River to Historic Algiers LA then a drive along the river to Historic Gretna LA. This causeway is the 7th longest in the world at 23.87 miles long. Once across the lake we drove past the Louisiana Superdome into downtown, and the ferry dock to Algiers. It was about an 8 minute ride and a free boat ride on the Mississippi.

       Once here we made our way to Gretna. This west bank of the Mississippi was settled in the 1800's by a largely German population and remained that way until the bridge was built across the Mississippi in the 1950's.

       Downtown historic Gretna is a small town feeling with some beautiful buildings, a nice Visitor centre, St. Josephs Catholic Church and German American Culture Centre, which we toured, quite interesting.
St. Joseph's Church
       We stopped at the Common Grounds Cafe for lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the good service, huge portions , excellent food and VERY reasonable prices. A tossed salad we shared and a cup of very tasty seafood gumbo, I had two huge catfish fillets, and fried potatoes, Suzie a bbq'd chicken breast on a bun w/potatoes, more food than we could possibly eat all for under twenty dollars including a beverage. Its nice to enjoy some local businesses, their flair and flavours and feel like we are not paying thru the nose.
Common Grounds Coffee House
       After this another walkabout town and thru the cemetery a few blocks uptown. Very interesting, as usual the cemeteries are all above ground, different shapes and sizes, essentially small tombs. Which I think kinda has and eerie sound to it.
one of many Tomb's
       After an interesting day here we got an I-90 and took the toll bridge back to New Orleans, ($1.00 toll), made our way thru the city and the causeway back to the North Shore, Abita Springs and home once again.

       Now we have a bit of time to relax outside with our books in the shade, a nice gentle breeze and temperature about 87f (32c). No supper to make and enough daylight to sit outside until almost 7:30pm gotta love it!
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