Sept. 2 , 2009 Mobile, AL. We ran over to Mobile the day before we left and of all the cities we have toured Mobile impressed me the most. Before we went on our scheduled tour, we toured Fort Conde, (the tour leaves from there) . This fort is really haven't felt the loss of economy others have. Also, they have built a major cruise ship port and building. In fact, there was a cruise ship in port and they are the home port for the USS Alabama, but we didn't go on that tour. It was rather pricey and we have seen others like it. Mobile was founded in 1702 as the capitol of the Louisiana Territory and is home to an array of cultural influences with its French, British, Spanish, African, Creole and Catholic heritage. It also the home of America's Junior Miss pageant and the birthplace of Hank Aaron. Another interesting side note is the difference between the Creole and Cajun ethnicities – the Creoles were of the higher class and were the bankers, shop owners, etc. and when the Cajuns moved in the Creoles decided they were dumb enough to buy their unwanted swamp land, which they did, but the worm turned when the Cajuns found oil on that land and became wealthier than the Creoles. Many of the historic homes in Mobile are what they call ‘Shotgun’ homes. They got their name from the fact that if the husband came home to find another man in his house, he could stand at the front door and fire his shotgun and it would go from front to back with no interference as all the rooms provided a unobstructed line of site from the front door to the back door. If we ever had to relocate to the South, Mobile would be our choice.