Greetings from a sultry New Orleans evening! Yes, I am in New Orleans! I can't believe it myself! So my daughter and I flew here last Sunday morning. I've always wanted to visit for the Mardi Gras festivities and we got our opportunity.
It is so unbelievably humid here. Coming from Arizona where it's dry, we landed with 75 degree weather and 68 degree humidity. You could feel it in the air as we got closer. And we flew over a swampy area, first time seeing a swamp! We got ourselves a taxi and had to be dumped off two blocks away from our B & B because of a parade. So cool.
Three days into our vacay and what strikes me is there's a lot of water here! We in Arizona could sure use some lol. Here are some pics of our first three days...
The Colorado River has nothing on the Mississippi! Just huge!
We took an excursion on a paddle wheel boat and went downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield.
We came off the boat and listened to a very knowledgeable guide talk about the battle. Interesting.
And it was so windy on the boat. My daughter and her hair flying.
And we got to see these two Navy ships.
We also went on a ghost tour which was spooky good!
Today we jumped on a bus for a plantation tour. Here are some pics from that trip..
Oak Alley Plantation. What a beautiful place. Oak trees that are more than 200 years old. I might add that it was drizzling while here but it was still in the 70s. We took the tour inside..
Then we went outside to see the slave cabins..
And a not so antique cat! It's real but sleeping.
And I had to have a Mint Julep!
Which went straight to my head! I could only drink half of it though!
On the way to Oak Alley we passed by another plantation house. Beautiful. Also the fields behind these houses were just immense with most of them being sugar cane fields back in the old days. There are still patches of sugar cane being grown out in this area.
We also passed over the Mississippi again
Just amazing to me to see those huge ships floating along.
To close the evening, we stopped and had beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde with some jazz musicians playing on the sidewalk and powdered sugar flying everywhere. We then hopped aboard a carriage for a tour through Bourbon St. and some other interesting places. He agreed to drop us off at our place. We've really put some mileage on our feet so far and will add more tomorrow.
On the itinerary tomorrow is a tour through St. Louis #1 cemetery with the mausoleums above ground and two parades where we're hoping to collect a whole bunch of beads. We have ridden on a streetcar, a carriage and taxis. I didn't rent a car because I figured that most things were within walking distance, and they were.
We have just tomorrow, we leave at 1:00 pm Louisiana time Thursday for Phoenix and back home to our kitties who I have missed. A cousin goes to the house to keep the cats food and water dishes going. I'm looking forward to stitching again too! I'll post more pictures tomorrow of our cemetery tour and the parade.
Take care and hope you enjoyed my travelogue, lol!