Retirement Talk for Boomers, Seniors and RetireesWhat to do with the Rest of Your Life?
Episode 117 Road Trip Part
We stopped for two hours and
visited a plantation house just a few hours out of
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We found our home exchange. It was an old classic shotgun house. It had once served as a B&B and was very ornate and consumptuously furnished. There were wall hangings, figurines, statues, pillows, and furniture; things that sit on shelves and on the floor. There was something everywhere; not any room for our own stuff. We piled it on the floor.
This home exchange differed from others that we have had in that the owner was present. Her scheduled was very flexible and it just so happened she was there at the same time as our visit. She was friendly and charming. I can fault her for nothing, yet – yet her very presence changed the visit for us. It wasn’t the same as going into a place where you are the only ones staying there. While not bad, it was not nearly as good as a place where you have total privacy. Next time this type of arrangement is proposed we will approach it with more than a little skepticism.
Two blocks from our place,
was the most wonderful coffee shop Tout
Du Saint or Two Sweet. It is
strictly a neighborhood stop. Jill is the owner. We quickly found out that she
lived just a few blocks from us in
The impact of Katrina less obvious to the view is what one doesn’t see – people. The French Quarter was practically empty. Preservation Hall was closed. It is open only on weekends. I’m not sure if that is new since Katrina or if it has always been that way. We did listen to some music in a few night spots. We ate in some good restaurants – never a line at the door. We entered a curio shop to get a few postcards. We talked to the clerk for probably twenty minutes. No one else entered the store. I never even saw one person walk past the door. The clerk was there during the hurricane. She said the scariest time was when it went absolutely silent. No people anywhere. No sounds. Then there would be gunfire. Now she bemoaned the lack of people. The businesses are dying.
In Algeries Point, where we were staying, we heard that they took twenty body bags out of the neighborhood after the storm. That was after the National Guard came and started shooting looters. I interviewed a resident outside our favorite coffee shop in Algeries Point. I will edit and publish it at a later date. He is retired and a community organizer.
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