I am driving my mid 80s parents to a vacation place in Gulf Shores Alabama from MN. After a short stay for me, we'll drive to New Orleans for a couple days and then I will fly home. 3 1/2 weeks later, I am flying to Birmingham where my parents will meet me and we'll start the drive back home. Has anyone managed time in New Orleans with older folks and a small dog? They would like to go to some restaurants, jazz clubs and historical houses. The best I could do for a hotel is something on Canal street. I know New Orleans very well, especially French Quarter. It is 1/2 a mile from the hotel to Jackson square which is approximately where most of our activity will take place. Dog can't go on trolleys. Not sure my parents can walk from hotel to Jackson square more than once or twice a day. Dog can stay in hotel, but I wouldn't think for very long. I think we'll take turns for some things. Dad and I will go to Preservation Hall while mom stays with the dog and then dad stays with dog when I take Mom to a house tour or something. Not sure I trust them on their own to get somewhere, but I think my dad, especially, could be enjoying Jackson square activity with the dog, while Mom and I pop in somewhere. They are fairly capable, one less mobile but very astute, the other is probably the opposite. I just don't feel like I can send them on the trolley in an unfamiliar city while I walk the dog to Jackson Square. In actuality, they'd probably be fine and I'd be a wreck. But, better safe than sorry. The biggest hurtle is restaurants. I do plan to go to Commander's Palace in the garden district when we arrive and if its not hot, dog can stay in the car. From there I plan to park the car in a ramp for the duration of the stay. So I do have a lot of strategies, just wondering if others would have additional ideas. Also, if anyone knows where there are restrooms in that Jackson Square area that would be available for use. I'm thinking/hoping most hotels/restaurants are going to allow an older person to use a restroom.
The other piece I could really use some help with is this--Is there something prominent spot (like a numbered door, etc.) where I can wait to be picked up at the Birmingham airport? We will both have cells but theirs is prehistoric and they could forget to charge, etc. (Don't say get them a new phone because that's been discussed. . .) I would just like to have a fall back spot where I can tell the I'll wait if for some reason we don't have communication. I know I can look at a map of that airport, but it would be ideal if someone that uses that airport has a suggestion for an easy meeting spot where my parents can drive to and pick me up. At our airport, we always say, "baggage level, door 7", for example.
This was long and boring, sorry. I just would rather give adequate detail.