We arrive in New Orleans on wednesday evening. After taking the shuttle to our hotel in the French Quarter we immediately headed for the swimming pool which closed at dusk. The water felt wonderful! We swam until dark so that we didn't head out the door to find dinner until 9pm. by then my good friend Ellen and her family were headed to Cafe du Monde for beignets...who needs dinner when you can have beignets!!!
Thurday we headed out to catch the streetcar to go visit Tulane. On our way we ran into Ellen and her family again. We all decided to have breakfast together and ended up at a local diner called FredRicks. Pounds of butter and about $6 later we went our separate ways. Streetcar to Tulane, visit with architecture school, walk through Audobon Park to Magazine street. Lunch at Whole Foods and gelato at the Dixie Bee. Footsore and hot with the threat of a thunderstorm we headed back to the streetcar. Back in swimming pool at our hotel...aaahhhh. Dinner at the Desire Oyster House in our hotel on Bourbon...great oyster po-boy on excellent french bread.
Friday, early rising to get to Airboat Adventures for our swamp tour. Breakfast at the Avenue Cafe...nothing special. Could be very cool, but they were very slow and running out of bagels despite how early we were there. Great swamp tour. Airboats are loud!!! lots of alligators. Lunch at Des Familles. Back to hotel for more swimming. Out to Metairie for a trip down memory lane and dinner at Sid Mars with Stephen and Ellen, et al.
Our hotel phone hasn't worked since we got here despite multiple phone calls to report the problem. So, our wakeup call today was a hotel security officer banging on our door!! :)