Daily Archives: 19 February 2015

Life on the Mississippi

A sweet and inexpensive way to get a fresh perspective on New Orleans is to jump on the ferry at the base of Canal Street.   For a couple of dollars, the New Orleans Ferry will take you across the Mississippi to Algiers Point, on the West Bank.  You can explore, or re-board and head right back to the city.

Jackson Square

Saint Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, Seen from the Middle of the Mississippi

When we got to the middle of the river, I was a little disappointed.  I’d thought there’d be some kind of “Crossing the Line” ceremony, involving pineapples and cross dressing and mild hazing, but I guess that only happens when you cross the Equator.

Russian “Crossing the Line” Ceremony.  Photo Found on the Web.

Drago’s — Lunch on 10 February 2015

I first visited Drago’s a year ago. on the recommendation of my Colorado relatives, who had discovered it during an earlier trip to New Orleans.  Drago’s is famous for its charbroiled oysters, made with garlic butter, herbs, and Parmesan cheese.
Drago's Oysters
You know how some amusement parks have warning signs that say something like You Must Be 48″ Tall to Ride This Attraction?  (I once saw one that read You Must Be 48′ Tall to Ride This Attraction.  I suppose they were expecting Godzilla.)

Anyhow, Drago’s should have a similar warning about having a cholesterol level below a certain maximum to eat their charbroiled oysters, not for the oysters themselves, but for the addictive garlic butter sauce that they float on.

At the National WWII Museum

After lunch at Pêche, I walked to the massive National WWII Museum, which was a couple of blocks away.  The museum spans four buildings, with at least one more to come.  I spent the rest of the day there.

WWII Museum
The museum’s SotA theatre features a 4D film called Beyond All Boundaries, about the course of WWII.  Running 45-minutes, it’s pretty superficial, but worth watching.  “4D” means that real artifacts periodically showed up in front of the screen, and that the seats occasionally rattled during scenes that included tank or bombings.  Not recommended for people with epilepsy—there were lots of flashing lights.

For me, the most interesting building in the museum complex was the Boeing Center, a four-story open atrium containing some of the planes, tanks, and ground vehicles that won the war.  Catwalks allow people w/o vertigo to see the airplanes from all angles.

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The museum also offers some interesting dining and entertainment options.  There’s the Stage Door Canteen, with live shows like America’s Wartime Sweethearts:  A Tribute to The Andrews Sisters; the American Sector restaurant, for New Orleans cuisine; and the Soda Shop, which has a 1940s ambiance…

wwii malt
…but, unfortunately, 2015 prices.
wwii malt prices