We ate amazing food (Commander's Palace, Cochon, Cafe Du Monde -- twice! -- and winner: Le Petite Grocery). We took a walking tour of the French Quarter and learned all kinds of interesting facts about New Orleans' history and characters. We went to Mass at St Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in America, and listened to live jazz on Frenchmen Street. We wandered and we chatted, relaxed yet experienced a lot. We stayed at an adorable bed and breakfast in the Garden District, and took the St Charles Streetcar almost everywhere.
|Beignets at Cafe Du Monde|
Saturday we took a swamp tour in an air boat. What an experience -- on many levels! Those things are fast and loud. Just a few minutes into the tour, we got caught in a torrential downpour. Our guide, Jake, explained that if he tried to drive through it, the raindrops would sting badly on our skin, so it was better to hunker down and wait it out. So we did -- without the benefit of umbrellas or rain coats. To say we were drenched was an understatement. Every inch of us was sopping wet; we were sitting in puddles. But we just had to laugh -- what else could we do? At least it wasn't cold.
|I love this picture. Not only does it show how fast we were going, |
but you can see the storm clouds that opened up on us about 5 minutes later!
Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/4NmMG_R-QpA
Happy birthday to me and Susan, and thanks so much to my mom, who came up with this idea!