**Warning : Many pictures in this post … but you’ll love it!**
** About the pictures …. some are a little wonky. I have no idea what happened between photobucket and my blog, but I have no idea how to fix it. I apologize. **
Ah, vacation. John and I had such an amazing time in New Orleans!!! We made it home in good time yesterday evening (by passing the DC Beltway this time). The cats missed us; already they are up to crazy antics.
So, get ready for a tour of the Big Easy, via blog land!
We stayed at a small but posh hotel, The Prince Conti Inn. The staff were so friendly and knowledgable about everything and anything I asked about the city (where to eat, etc.) The rooms were clean, and best of all – even though Bourbon St was less than a block away, it was a quiet room.
After freshening up from the very long day of air travel, we asked about a good place to eat that was ‘off the beaten path’. Ryan, one of the guys at the hotel, pointed us to Coop’s Place, near the French Market.
The foot at this place was amazing!!! Red beans and rice with sausage, cold local Abita beer … fantastic! And one of my favorite parts about this place … the smoking section was right outside behind the kitchen, and you could go relax and smoke with the staff on the “Group W Bench”. (Total brownie points to you if you get the reference.)
We didn’t do much more than this on Monday night, seeing as we hiked more than 6 blocks to get to this place one way, and were already tired.
John and I both somehow ended waking up before 7am, so we decided to get a head start on the day and see some sites. It was really amazing, to walk around The French Quarter, and see the city while most of everyone was asleep.
We ended up at Cafe Du Monde for breakfast! Beignets, chicory coffee (well, for John – I had a coke); it was all so good! Afterwards we took a carriage ride through the French Quarter. Mickey, our guide, was hilarious!!! She was fantastic and we surely enjoyed the ride.
After that, we were on the hunt for a cold beer, because damn … it’s hot down there!!! We ended up at a great gay bar that was open! After a couple of beers there, we headed back to the hotel to take a nap before our next adventure.
That afternoon, we headed out to the swamp for the John Lafitte Swap Tour!!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how frickin’ awesome that was!!!!
There was a lot of wild life to be seen!!! Locals birds, turtles … and gators!!!! Blog land … meet Joe! He’s over 9 feet long and more than 100 years old.
Now … the best part!!! We each got to hold a baby alligator!!! Now, to be honest, it wasn’t a baby; it was 7 years old. But in alligator years, that is a baby! I was surprised in how soft he was, especially on his under belly.
Needless to say, this was the highlight of our vacation!!! So much fun … truly, if you head down that way, you have to take one of these tours!!!
After that we headed back for lunch and a long nap at the hotel. Later that evening we headed out on Bourbon to do some drinking. I did not take the camera; probably for the best. We had a little too much to drink. 😉
After waking up early with a slight hangover, we made our way down to the river’s edge to meet for our Cemetary and Gris-Gris tour. I was tired, but excited; the tour was a bus ride over to New Orleans Cemetary #1 and then touring the grounds there.
Even though it was interesting, the tour sucked, plain and simple. Our tour guide was a bit odd; he would start talking, stop mid sentence and say nothing for about a minute, and then repeat everything that he just said. Who knows … maybe he has neurological problems? But the fact that he was an ass about a gal in our group getting heat exhaustion; not cool in my book.
Afterwards, we grabbed some lunch and headed back to the hotel. We were exhausted (and still a bit hung over) that showers and naps were the order of the afternoon.
The night, we headed out to The Court of The Two Sisters for some gourmet Creole food! This place was amazing; one of the oldest restaurants in the city, and great food to boot! I even got to wear my sexy new dress!
All in all, we had an amazing vacation!!! And according to Miss Irene, the 90-year-old lady who read my palm and my cards, I’m going to have two kids, starting next year! And she thinks it will be two girls; good for the knitting!!!!