Marvellous Mississippi

Fabulous trip along the mighty Mississippi. Great to see small town America along the river banks. Marvellous start in Memphis and brilliant finish in New Orleans - long to go back.

Marvellous Mississippi

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Peter Reed on July 9, 2002

At Memphis found a restaurant - MARLOWES - who came and picked us up at our hotel and had a great meal. Visited Gracelands, toured Beale Street called in BB Kings. Boarded boat- food brilliant, staff excellent, Big Band entertainment in main ballroom - very good duo in lounge bar. Visited Vicksburg, Natchez - where tornado ripped through town while we sheltered in shop. Called at Baton Rouge and on to New Orleans. What a fabulouis place - why is it not on your Ht Tips list. The place realy jumps to the sound of music (but not the Julie Andrews type!!). Street enteratiners around Jackson Square were great. A truly memorable trip. We''ve been on Carribbean cruise but I preferred the Mississippi - food better, company better. Only about 400 passengers so more intimate than ocean cruises.${QuickSuggestions} Apparently Delta Queen company had problems last year but are now sailing again with the Mississippi Queen and Delta Queen -itself a National Monument. Best for mature travellers. Look out for themed vacations - Fall foliage, Country Music, Big Bands, etc. We would love to go again but were recommended to try Pittsburgh-Cincinnatti${BestWay}

Pat O'Brien's

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Peter Reed on March 7, 2003

What a great place. There are six areas -- the courtyard restaurant, where we dined, and the restaurant bar. The food was excellent -- great steaks.

In the complex are other bars -- particularly the Piano Bar with two pianos and large mirrors above. A truly unique place with so much going on. There are often long queues to get into the piano bar -- but the wait is worth it.

You can take a tour of Pat O'Briens by visiting their web site.

French Quarter

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Peter Reed on February 15, 2003

The whole area resounds to the sound of music. Jackson Square has loads of street entertainment -- from massages to impromptu jazz sessions, as well as human statues.
French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

Shore tours

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Peter Reed on February 15, 2003

Made our own way round Vicksburg -- fascinating old hardware and drug stores. Met an amazing character in the quayside gun store talking about hunting, shooting, and fishing.

Natchez -- as mentioned, experienced a tornado -- couldn't visit historic homes due to damage but did wander around in the afternoon when the weather cleared.

Baton Rouge -- took tour of Louisiana's Old State Capitol with its amazing stained-glass windows and dome. Then went on to the Rural Life Museum which recreates life on a 19th-century plantation.

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