I know I missed last week’s blog…..but I was on vacation! We took a trip to New Orleans with my Daddy’s side of the family.
I have some….thoughts…..about NOLA, but let me show you some of the sights we saw around the city.
We stayed in a large rental home on the North side of the Gentilly area on an inlet from Lake Pontchartrain. The Wi-Fi was non existent unless you were at the bar, and it was quite far away from the French Quarter so we had to Uber in and out everyday, but it was a lovely house with plenty of room for all nine of us.
Stop one on morning one was Cafe du Monde. Wait in line and commune with the pigeons while you shove steaming hot beignets covered in powdered sugar into your mouth. This is the way every morning should start. Coffee and sugar covered beignets can never be a bad life choice.
The French Quarter is beautiful….if you can get around the overwhelming amount of people and ickiness that that many people in a small space create. There were small glimmers of time when there would be on one else on the streets and you could see the buildings for the beauties that they are, but the crowds and craziness takes a lot away from it.
Most of the food we ate was underwhelming. Maybe we all just had really high expectations of what Cajun and Creole food was supposed to be. Even Momma, who isn’t widely known for her love of spicy food, was adding hot sauce to most of her dishes. One place I would go back to anytime if given the chance was Jacque-Imo’s! It’s a ways out of the French Quarter but still easy to walk to using the Green street car line through the Garden District. Also, apparently dessert is complimentary!? We had no idea, but even though we were all exploding with food we did manage to power through creme brûlées and bread pudding. I don’t even really like bread pudding, but I’d willing eat huge plates full of theirs any day!
What’s vacation without a few selfies?!?! Most of them include alcohol because you can drink anywhere you want in the city. Most restaurants and bars have tables or shelves of plastic cups by the exits for you to transfer your drinks into when you leave. This probably contributes to some of the ickiness of the city, but I guess it’s all part of the vibe that is New Orleans.
The trips out to the plantations were maybe my favorite part of the trip, but I just like that sort of thing. It was a little weird to learn that the plantations weren’t as wide apart and open as the idea everyone has in their brain. The plantations were all located on the river, so most were quite thin areas of land that extended back from the river several hundred acres. It’s very possible that you would have been able to see your neighbors from you house, which wasn’t the vision I had in my brain.
Exterior stairways are also something you’d never see in the North! The Whitney is only one room deep! Large doors on the front and back of each room can be opened to allow the strong river breezes to blow through and cool the house.
Raised up almost 6 feet off the ground to protect the living areas from the nearly continuous floods of the Mississippi River…..again, something you could never do in the North….you’d never be able to keep it heated!
Oh the crowds!! We were all told this parade would be very risqué and worth the crowds. Once again, I think we were all just a little bit underwhelmed. It was a good experience and we all had a good time, but I think it was a bit over hyped. Maybe this is just what happened when you’re hanging out in a high tourist destination??
We took a cemetery tour, and more to the credit of our guide than anything else, learned quite a bit about the history and founding of the city. Not that the cemeteries themselves are all that interesting, but they are an interesting thing to see. That’s probably confusing, but wandering cemeteries where you don’t “know” anyone isn’t necessarily the most interesting. However, seeing the different styles of burials and frankly the totally random layouts of the old cemetery was interesting. Also, we saw Nicholas Cage’s purchased eternal resting place…..a white pyramid…so that was a thing I guess!
We also swung through a few famous locations through out the Quarter. We had drinks at the Carnival bar, although the bar was too full for us to sit and spin around. We caught some local jazz and zydeco music at The Spotted Cat, and had drinks at the oldest bar in the country, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. On a side note…. the Carnival Bar hotel had these flowers planted outside in their window boxes…..anyone know what they might be!?!?!
The whole French Quarter was full of these gorgeous gas lanterns. I had never seen anything like this, but I’m quite sure that at some point in my future I’m going to have these!
While I was away seeing new sights, Scout-a-Roo was staying with the BFB and the Hubby in Law. I’m so lucky that they don’t mind having her and that she’s comfortable staying there. I’ll leave you with some pics of my nugget in her home away from home!