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New Orleans. There is nothing else like it.

We started our trip at 5:30 a.m. Time to catch a train heading south. We parked near the Peabody and took a cab to the Amtrak station. We waited for the train. And waited. I talked with a woman from Germany. She said trains in Germany were on time to the minute. I agreed with her. Been there for a week. German trains are on time. She said if trains are 30 minutes late, you get a ticket refund. Finally the train arrived and we were off!

The train cabin was better than I expected. You can stretch your legs and sit back and relax. The lounge car offers a good view and comfortable seats to watch the scenery go by.

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After eight hours we made it to the Big Easy. First stop? The Hotel St. Marie.

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The hotel is one block off Bourbon St. After unpacking, it was time to hit the streets. It’s gumbo time people.

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Pier 424 on Bourbon St. has some gumbo. If you want extras, order the shrimp. That comes with corn, sausage and potatoes. And I even received a free dessert for checking in using Foursquare.

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Drinks? That comes later! See YOU back here for the birthday party soon. Cheers.

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