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............any travel ideas you can give me!

Moderators--Sorry this is OT, but can you please leave it here for a short time?

My son and I are flying down tomorrow PM--just in time for the hurricane, naturally :D and will be there 'till Tues.

If anyone has favorites for this area, advice, or even wants to possibly meet up (if I can talk the kid into it :haha: ), I would appreciate it!!

Thanks so much!

Anita

And I promise not to force you to evacuate us in your M5 if you post ;)
 

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Anita said:
............any travel ideas you can give me!

Moderators--Sorry this is OT, but can you please leave it here for a short time?

My son and I are flying down tomorrow PM--just in time for the hurricane, naturally :D and will be there 'till Tues.

If anyone has favorites for this area, advice, or even wants to possibly meet up (if I can talk the kid into it :haha: ), I would appreciate it!!

Thanks so much!

Anita

And I promise not to force you to evacuate us in your M5 if you post ;)
Anita
New Orleans is not a place you want to be if anything resembling a hurricane approaches. Make escape plans now, no joke. You need to fly or drive out.
Regards,
Jerry
 

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If you can't change your plans....

'Nawlins hosts the best Hurricane parties on the planet (I've been to a couple), the whole city really comes together. I'll be there in 3 weeks from today with my LMB M5 on the way to Oktoberfest, wish the timing would have been different!

Some suggestions to anyone visiting that great City;

* Leave your worries behind because the big easy is the place to unwind and soak in that Southern hospitality. Walking around Bourbon street is a big draw, but even walking along the river and shopping (which is everywhere) is just as fun.

* Don't miss the above ground graveyards, they're pretty much everywhere, Metarie comes to mind as well as a few in New Orleans. New Orleans was built below water, the great levees you see around the city really are keeping out the water at all times. Not a good place to be when it rains a ton, unless you're in a rental car/truck!

* Pasqual Manales (check spelling) has the best BBQ shrimp (no Forrest Gump impersonations needed) on the planet. Ask around, it's located outside the French Quarter if my memory serves.

* Go for a drink at the Fairmont. This hotel, which is where I stay, has hosted Presidents and Royalty and was one of the first places to transmit live Jazz over the airways. Sauzerac bar and just walking through the lobby is a treat.

* Like music? Head to Burbon Street, you can find all flavors of live music and I've heard some of the best Blues and Jazz in that place!

There are tons of other restaurants I should have mentioned, but just walking around and finding great bars and restaurants is really the goal...oh, don't forget your morning Beignet at Crescent City or one of the other famous places, that's about as New Orleans as you can get.

Let the good times roll! :byebye: PM Me if you need more
 

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If you can't change your plans....

'Nawlins hosts the best Hurricane parties on the planet (I've been to a couple), the whole city really comes together. I'll be there in 3 weeks from today with my LMB M5 on the way to Oktoberfest, wish the timing would have been different!

Some suggestions to anyone visiting that great City;

* Leave your worries behind because the big easy is the place to unwind and soak in that Southern hospitality. Walking around Bourbon street is a big draw, but even walking along the river and shopping (which is everywhere) is just as fun.

* Don't miss the above ground graveyards, they're pretty much everywhere, Metarie comes to mind as well as a few in New Orleans. New Orleans was built below water, the great levees you see around the city really are keeping out the water at all times. Not a good place to be when it rains a ton, unless you're in a rental car/truck!

* Pasqual Manales (check spelling) has the best BBQ shrimp (no Forrest Gump impersonations needed) on the planet. Ask around, it's located outside the French Quarter if my memory serves.

* Go for a drink at the Fairmont. This hotel, which is where I stay, has hosted Presidents and Royalty and was one of the first places to transmit live Jazz over the airways. Sauzerac bar and just walking through the lobby is a treat.

* Like music? Head to Burbon Street, you can find all flavors of live music and I've heard some of the best Blues and Jazz in that place!

There are tons of other restaurants I should have mentioned, but just walking around and finding great bars and restaurants is really the goal...oh, don't forget your morning Beignet at Crescent City or one of the other famous places, that's about as New Orleans as you can get.

Let the good times roll! :byebye: PM Me if you need more
Don't forget Pat O Briens for the best hurricanes in town and Cafe Du Monde across from Jacson Square on the river for beignets after all the drinking. I grew up in New Orleans/Algiers/Meteire .

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Galatois is one of the better seafood places...bring cash as I don't think they take cards.

Enjoy, you also have Casino's by the river, if that's your cup of tea.
 

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I did an IBM conference there in July. It's a very interesting place. I stayed at the Hilton Riverside, did the river walk, a bus tour of the city, a river cruise, walked Burbon Street, and hit several good restaurants. Emrils was expensive but fantastic. Expect $75 a person. IBM picked up the tab for 10 of us!

I've been watching the Weather channel. Everyone needs to get out of harms way along the whole Louisanna, Mississippi coastline. I wonder how much will be left after the flooding receeds. I've heard it could take weeks if the pumps have problems.
 

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CAT 5 175 MPH winds and the storm is the size of florida, I think this is a big storm, good luck to those fleeing, Josh
 

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If anyone cares to drive 5 hours to Houston, I have two extra bedrooms and anyone is welcomed to weather out the storm here! Free of charge! God speed to our brothers and sisters in Louisiana! kinggf
 

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If anyone cares to drive 5 hours to Houston, I have two extra bedrooms and anyone is welcomed to weather out the storm here! Free of charge! God speed to our brothers and sisters in Louisiana! kinggf
Oh, and the phone number is 281-748-3059.:thumbsup:
 

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Just got back to WI--caught the last American flight out (around 2:30 pm headed to St Loius) and one of the last out of the airport before it closed.

THE BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE DOWN THERE!!!!!

It basically took from when I arrived yestereday 'till when I actually took off to be sure I actually had a way out. A 4 am call to the airlines snagged us 2 suddenly available seats. I had a rental car lined up as back-up though I never could get through to the local office to see if it was even open. Our airport shuttle wasn't there this morning, but then suddenly a cab appeared and the driver asked if we wanted to ride along with some others from the hotel across the way--we took it!! That's how everything seemed to go--we all had to be making decisions on the fly and share as much info with each other as possible. Some key local businesses had phone lines that were busy or went unanswered all last night and this morning. At the end we had to sit on the tarmack as just about everyone else left because our flight crew was stuck in traffic--for two hours for an 11 mile trip. No taxis or shuttles would come for them, so their hotel manager had one of his employees drive them in his own car to the airport.

It seemed by last night, businesses were closing down or cutting way back on staff so people could take care of their loved ones and make arrangements. But some people were still out and about carrying their "Go Cups" too.

The hurricane went from a CAT 3 to 4 around 10 pm last night, then to a CAT 5 this am. It seemed like most of the car traffic, once it left I10, which was very very slow at times, was headed west and making decent time.

I think as of last night, people still weren't sure how bad it would get, so some were delaying taking action till this am. It was strange watching Am Airlines load one of it's last jets out with crew members and their families. By the time I left, no one was even coming to the airport anymore. My once sold out flight even had seats!! Unreal!! It was almost overwelming hearing so many people's different stories.

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL!!

I'll tell you all the nice stuff I saw down there at a better time! Sorry this is so rambling!
 

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You're out, and that's one more in the plus column. Good job!
 

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Glad to hear your out of there and well.
Sounds like one of those Planes Trains Automobiles stories I could tell you about also.
I always had to spend time in Fla. during these events the last few years.
What a mess, I could never live around these problems. Although you do get to see them where Earthquakes you can't.
:cheers:
 

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Anita said:
Just got back to WI--caught the last American flight out (around 2:30 pm headed to St Loius) and one of the last out of the airport before it closed.

THE BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE DOWN THERE!!!!!

It basically took from when I arrived yestereday 'till when I actually took off to be sure I actually had a way out. A 4 am call to the airlines snagged us 2 suddenly available seats. I had a rental car lined up as back-up though I never could get through to the local office to see if it was even open. Our airport shuttle wasn't there this morning, but then suddenly a cab appeared and the driver asked if we wanted to ride along with some others from the hotel across the way--we took it!! That's how everything seemed to go--we all had to be making decisions on the fly and share as much info with each other as possible. Some key local businesses had phone lines that were busy or went unanswered all last night and this morning. At the end we had to sit on the tarmack as just about everyone else left because our flight crew was stuck in traffic--for two hours for an 11 mile trip. No taxis or shuttles would come for them, so their hotel manager had one of his employees drive them in his own car to the airport.

It seemed by last night, businesses were closing down or cutting way back on staff so people could take care of their loved ones and make arrangements. But some people were still out and about carrying their "Go Cups" too.

The hurricane went from a CAT 3 to 4 around 10 pm last night, then to a CAT 5 this am. It seemed like most of the car traffic, once it left I10, which was very very slow at times, was headed west and making decent time.

I think as of last night, people still weren't sure how bad it would get, so some were delaying taking action till this am. It was strange watching Am Airlines load one of it's last jets out with crew members and their families. By the time I left, no one was even coming to the airport anymore. My once sold out flight even had seats!! Unreal!! It was almost overwelming hearing so many people's different stories.

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL!!

I'll tell you all the nice stuff I saw down there at a better time! Sorry this is so rambling!
Anita, glad you made it back safe.
 

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Given the pictures I have seen on the TV, a boat may be in order.......

i would not be surprised to hear about some M5 aqaticas......
 

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Given the pictures I have seen on the TV, a boat may be in order.......

i would not be surprised to hear about some M5 aqaticas......
I only remember seeing one board member from New Orleans--I'm sure there could be others--and I don't think he'd been online since Dec 2004--so hopefully......

The pictures do look awful. It just seemed there was such a wide range of response to what was thought was going to happen. I'm at the corner market buying portable food and stuff on Sat night. And trying to be real calm while telling my kid while we were eating out at one of the restaurants open (Huey's) that this might be our last hot meal for a bit. Others were making flight plans out--I couldn't get anything at that point. And a few others were planning to stay at the hotel. Employees all around were taking off erratically, so you never knew who would be working or not.

Our trip to the airport took us throught the side streets to avoid traffic and boy did some of the homes look potentially fragile.

At the airport, the longer runway was closed for repairs or something, making things a bit tougher for take off and landings. I have to say that along with American, Continental and especially Southwest were just jamming in and out of the airport. We were at the airport since like 7:30 am and the only source of food in our concourse was a news shop type place that kept openning and closing as the employee was panicked that she should be leaving--finally some other airport employees took it over. The remaining Am employees that were staying had a very structured plan about how to secure their section (which they were eriely doing as we, the last flight out, waited) and where they would stay. The ariport was shutting down. All morning, a constant stream of private jets and planes were taking off. The sky that started off so sunny and clear, became ever so slowly filled with clouds.

I just hope they can get the remainig folks out and provide water/food ASAP!!

Thanks for letting me tell this!
Anita
 
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