Thursday, March 10, 2016

Stories and Pictures from New Orleans

I've been extremely fortunate to be part of an Advisory Committee for the past 5 years, volunteering my customer service ideas for train travel in the United States.

Last week, I traveled to New Orleans, LA on the Sunset Limited and spent two days networking, brain storming and sharing ideas with other rail enthusiasts.  It was an amazing experience!

The last 6 years I have had the opportunity to explore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington D.C. and New Orleans, traveling to each location via train.

I would urge anyone considering traveling by train to plan a trip.  The experience is magical!

New Orleans was my last committee destination.  At the end of September, my position on the committee will be filled with a new committee member as our service is set at a maximum of 6 years.

Thanks to Amtrak, Kate Warr, Sharon Slayton, Al Frankey, Jeff Snowden, Tom Hall and the WSDOT for the opportunity to serve. 

New Orleans was a dream!  I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to explore, but I took advantage of every opportunity to see, eat and drink up as much New Orleans as possible and it was extra special that Chick got to take the journey with me.

Three + days certainly is not enough time to explore this city, but we made the most of every opportunity and Monday was our day to explore the big easy and we had a blast!

Here are a few highlights and thoughts from New Orleans!

From Chick - take a city tour or a swamp tour (she did both).  They take you to places that you might not otherwise see in a short time.

The St. Charles Street Car is an amazing ride from Canal Street past the Zoo and Tulane University.  Get off and explore the Garden District.  The homes are incredible!

Wait in line at Cafe Du Monde!  The beignets and coffee are worth it and the line moves fast.

Eat, eat, eat!  The food in New Orleans is incredible and we honestly did not have a bad meal.  If you like seafood, this is your city.

Explore the French Quarter, NOT Bourbon Street.  Get away from the tourist trap and explore the architecture.

Go to Pat O'Brien's and have a hurricane!  One will do you!

Thanks, was nice getting to know you!