Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
|Our Mardi Gras get-ups!|
|Floats on the Freeways, in the pouring rain!|
Sunday, March 23, 2014
|The Mighty Mississippi|
Bon Ton Cafe , which had delicious turtle soup! Then we checked out the Riverfront and took the ferry over to Algiers Point. We walked around a little, and made some friends at a local playground. Dinner was at the French Market again. We had to get one last fix of alligator, so we ordered a po'boy, and thought we would try a New Orleans style Boudin, thinking it would be like our great Boudin bread famous to San Francisco. Boy were we wrong. It was a nasty pork and rice filled sausage that you squeeze onto bread and cover with mustard. It was disgusting! We purchased some artwork at Jackson Square and enjoyed the fireworks over the Mississippi River. Then we headed back to the Garden District to watch the Krewe of Orpheus parade and enjoyed a Bananas Foster waffle at Copelands! So good!
Friday, March 21, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
|this is the courtyard of the bed and breakfast we are staying at. charming, quirky, slightly unsafe.|
|for breakfast we dove in to a king cake! so good! and jason found the little baby Jesus inside, so it looks like he is in charge of making our king cake next year!|
|there were so many squirrels wobbling in the trees|
|the slave quarters|
|our family at the creole laura plantation|
|oak alley plantation|
|The Felicity Plantation, where the movie the Skeleton Key was filmed|
|Ollie trying on his beads!|
Laura Plantation, which is the last standing creole plantation open for tours in the area. French was the language of the household, and it had a really cool Creole layout that I have never seen before, along with beautiful sugarcane fields. The family that originally lived there were runaways from France that had to flee after a killing a person or two in duels. The original story of B'rer Rabbit was recorded in French here, as taught by the slaves to their children. The slave quarters were also really interesting to me as all the old houses I have toured in the past were out west, and don't have that history. After our tour, we were able to see the Super Dome lit in Mardi Gras colors, and pass over the huge krewe of endymion parade on our drive back. Dinner was at Copelands, which was so good but crazy expensive for how tiny the portions are. It was another great day in New Orleans!
Monday, March 17, 2014
|beads stuck in a tree from the past few days of parades. locales tell me you can see them year round on the parade route, because no one takes them down.|
|parade stands along st. charles avenue|
|st. louis cemetery #1|
|the voodoo queens tombstone, complete with xxx voodoo marks and gifts to honor her|
|love those balconies|
|i love that they advertise apartments by whether they are reported haunted or not|
|artists at jackson square|
|voodoo gris gris for sale|
|what every home decor needs|
|this picture does not capture the massive size of this muffaletta. it was ginormous. bigger than a football. bigger than a human head. ginormous.|
After lunch we checked out an old Pharmacy Museum followed by a VooDoo museum. It was actually really interesting, and we even got to see an albino snake with blue eyes that the VooDoo priest pulled out for us. Near Jackson Square we found a great band called Swamp Kitchen. We loved their music so much we bought there CD, and can't stop listening to it. Then we decided we needed a little dessert so we went back to Cafe du Monde for more beignets. They were that good that we had to go back two days in a row! On the way back we tried to walk on Bourbon Street to see what all the fuss was about, but holy crap was it crowded. It was like trying to navigate with a stroller through a can of sardines, everyone was packed so tight. And did I mention drunk, so they were a little dumb and oblivious to our little family trying to get through the crowd. We gave up after a block or two, and felt grateful that we were staying in the family area on New Orleans, and not with that unsavory crowd!
That night we enjoyed the Krewe of Hermes and Krewe D'etat parades! They were incredible! And we met a bunch of locales who started the Krewe of Tucks parade that will pass tomorrow. Unfortunately we won't make the parade, even though they offered to hook us up with throws, but they were very kind and told us all about life in a Krewe, and were quite surprised when they invited us to cocktails and we told them we don't drink alcohol. I suppose it is strange to people in New Orleans if your not a drinker! It was a great day!