|This ocelot only eats gators.|
Well, folks, I somehow lived to tell the tale of my experiences in the furthest-South, furthest-West place I've ever been: New Orleans, Louisiana! I saw so many things that even with an overloaded photo card I feel a little bad I didn't take MORE pictures. Ready for a see-what-I-saw photo extravaganza? Let's look! In no particular order:
1) Souvenir shops:
|I didn't buy either of these vests because they were $59.95 apiece. When you think of that in terms of price--per-sequin, it's really not so bad!!|
|I know it's kind of disgusting, but I so love this farm-raised gator head, purchased in a Walgreens on the first day of our adventure. We named him Snappy.|
|Ride, snappy, ride!|
2) The Dairy Bar, Scotsboro, Alabama:
|We stopped here on the way down and were much impressed with straightforward, EXTREMELY DELICIOUS BBQ-with-mustard-slaw-and-pickle.|
|Bab had a cheeseburger.|
|This is our friend English Rob, who, in spite of looking more at home at a NASCAR race than any of the three of us,, is actually an Oxford educated particle physicist. He's our "Laine" from Mad Men!|
|This is Hack Bartholomew, a traveling preacher/singer/trumpet player. I was actually shocked at how good most of the street performers in New Orleans were! In Nashville, if you see someone playing on Broadway, believe me, it's not the next Merle Haggard. Bartholomew truly sang like an angel. See him on youtube here!|
|OH MY GOD, IT'S ONE OF THE FEATHER COSTUME PEOPLE LIKE ON TREME. I am seriously disappointed in myself for not taking a photo with him.|
|The Cafe du Monde coffee stand is a huge open-air type coffee and beignets place that serves food 24 hours a day, as it has since 1862. EIGHTEEN SIXTY TWO.|
|Matthew actually spoons some of the sugar from the plate onto the beignet for maximum sugar coverage.|
|The Food. Was So. Good. OMG! THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD! Here I am next to the wishing well in the middle of their courtyard dining area. The brunch buffet was a MILE long. See the heavy concentration of shrimp on my plate. That is not a coincidence.|
6) 30 minute carriage tours of the quarter = totally worth it!
|Look how happy we look!|
|In front of the church and the statue in the middle of the quarter. Note the fringe on the surrey top! I'm in heaven.|
|Every building we saw was beautiful. Look at the ironwork on that window!|
|Because of the tour, I was reminded of the whereabouts of this house, the infamous LaLaurie New Orleans murder house that Nicholas Cage bought and subsequently had to foreclose on after his tax woes. So Spooky! SO SPOOOOOKY.|
|We had these pimento cheese and ham grilled sandwiches at the museum restaurant. We are always eating, we are never stopping.|
|A parachute dummy to test the new models of parachutes. Poor little "Rupert"!|
|One of the best pictures from the exhibit, this is from a sudden disembarkation from the camps in France, I think...Johnny left this note on his tent for his local girlfriend. I get a little choked up thinking about it! The "Beyond All Boundaries" show at the Victory Theater was my favorite part of the whole museum. Like a Disneyride of a WWII documentary... in FOUR D (how?! how!).|
8) Tropical Isle
|Adorable drinks, a completely solid cover band onstage, laser lights, bubbles to blow at the bar...what is not to love about this place? The most fun bar in the Quarter, and less than a block from our hotel!|
A handgrenade (left) is the most famous drink from this bar, but I have to admit, I was equally impressed by the "shark attack", which involves: the bartender blowing a whistle, yelling "EVERYONE OUT OF THE WATER!", ringing a bell, and pouring grenadine into a toy shark's mouth. The band plays the Jaws theme and the shark is plunged into a blue drink, turning "the waters" red. COULD YOU DIE? It was everything I dreamed it would be.
After all that, I can't lie, I'm in much need of a rest! But I wouldn't trade our New Orleans adventure for the world. Such a neat town!
Have you been to NOLA before? What were some of the hotspots you hit? Did you see any fights (I didn't take pictures, but LORD did we see verbal altercations left and right. That's what happens when you start drinking at 11 AM and it's night fall!)? What was the best food you ate?
Anyway, back to business as normal next week, but before then, I'll see you tomorrow for Photo Friday!