Sunday, March 25, 2012

Days Eighty Four and Eighty Five - New Orleans, Louisiana

 On Sunday, March 18th, Barry and I got up very early in Austin, Texas and drove to New Orleans! It was a ten hour drive. We crossed the Louisiana state line sometime around noon and arrived in the Big Easy around 2.

I love New Orleans. The architecture is beautiful, the food is great, there's music and art on the streets everywhere, and the weather is usually warm. We arrived there on Sunday afternoon and left on Tuesday morning. I can't remember what happened on which day. I'm just giving you all the pictures I liked rather than a play by play in chronological order. We took a lot of pictures! Here are some shots from all over the city.

Driving down Esplanade Avenue, we saw houses painted every color. I took most of these from a moving car. They're not the best quality, but the houses are so cute!



This is the French Market. It's kind of like a straw market you see in the Caribbean, but it's under a pavilion and a lot of the goods are Hello Kitty themed.

Bear and Charlie in the market!

Here I am in a park outside the French Market.

Now here's another montage of the streets of New Orleans! I didn't want to include these in the first montage because that's boring. I keep my people interested.

Almost every street has a cute plaque like this.

Barry and I ate lunch at the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen. It was so much more than pizza and one of our favorite restaurants from this entire trip. Here's the outside of it. It's actually right across from the French market, on the corner of Barracks Street and French Market Place.

This is one thing we ate. It's shrimp and corn maque choux. It's like a creamy, garlicky, spicy sauce with lots of corn, green onions, red peppers, and black pepper. Then there are amazing grilled shrimp on it, which are charred and lemony. I'm drooling on the computer right now. I want to eat it every day!

This is bread made in the pizza oven. It's a lot like naan bread, if that helps anyone. It was covered in what they called pesto. I normally dislike pesto, but this wasn't oily at all. It was mostly just basil and garlic. We ate other things but I didn't photograph them because I was too busy eating them. We also had grilled artichoke hearts and Barry had gumbo.

Here's little Chuck waiting while we eat. Such a patient doggy.

I saw this sign and I wondered, what are the other options? Isn't that it?

Some guy on the street was making these crazy statues. It's hard to see, but this is a life size statue of a woman covered in all kinds of mosaic tiles.

This little girl saw Charlie and her face lit up and she yelled DOGGIE! We stopped to let her pet him and she couldn't stop hugging him. Charlie is such a good sport, he just stood there while she poked his eyes, pulled his collar, and yelled excitedly in his ears.

In case that wasn't enough torture for the dog, then I put his head through one of these silly things.

A picture of the park with a church and a horse carriage.

Barry with a zombie voodoo statue thing.

No one told us it was fedora day. It wasn't.

These line certain areas of the street. Horses to tie your horse up.

That's the end of New Orleans! We left for Perdido Key on Tuesday. That'll be the next post!

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