Friday, March 28, 2008

The City of New Orleans from Memphis

Balcony of New Orleans HotelI enjoy leaving Memphis -- and coming back -- by train. To and from New Orleans. My family and I have taken this trip 3 times over the past 5 years and we have always had a great time. We'll almost certainly take it again this summer.

Visually, it's a journey worthy of these mythic cities. You start off at Central Station in downtown Memphis early, but not too early, in the morning. With none of the blandness and placelessness of mowed freeway exits and medians, you pass through, and under, and over, the forests, swamps, farmland, lakes and small towns and Jacksons of Mississippi and Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans in the afternoon. It's a distinct Memphis experience, grounded in this place, where we are.

We've always made the trip in summer. For reasons obvious, New Orleans isn't as popular in the summer so we've always been able to get very good hotel rates in the French Quarter. Summer in New Orleans not only doesn't bother me, I like it. I feel (or imagine) the essence of New Orleans on a sweltering day.

Here's a Flickr slideshow for photos (most not mine) tagged with City of New Orleans:



Great for kids too!

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7 Comments:

Blogger theogeo said...

I want to do this. Why haven't I done this? I'm doing this.

5:14 PM  
Blogger nathan said...

i second this trip. it is very wonderful.
there is also a scheduled "tour" on one day of the week (i'm not sure which) on which there is a gentleman that knows his history and talks aobut certain things along the way. very informative.

i can also recommend going to new orleans by boat (not a big one).

3:27 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

from Memphis to New Orleans by boat? Wonderful! I want details, please!

Every visit to Mud Island's riverwalk makes me dream about such a trip.

3:58 PM  
Blogger nathan said...

email me @
nathanwberry@gmail.com

7:03 PM  
Blogger Stacey Greenberg said...

i want to know about the boat too.

i've had a major desire to go to nola lately...must go soon!!

10:32 PM  
Blogger nathanwberry said...

well, to make a long story short, some friends came down the river on a 24ft. pontoon and picked me up here in memphis. spent two weeks camping out on sandbars and havin a good ol time playing hookey. five days straight without shoes and socks is fantastic!

12:08 AM  
Blogger fearlessvk said...

i always knew i'd love nola, but i still loved it even more than i expected when i went. we went by train as well, and it was fantastic watching the landscape roll by, from swampland to small towns. Amazing that a 10 hour train ride can be so un-boring.

1:52 PM  

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