Last day to play, tomorrow is check-out and travel day. BOO!! It’s been a great time, getting to see the city and experience the culture that is New Orleans.
Last night after hanging out for a bit at the suite, we decided that we wanted to go check out Morning Call in the City Park. The beignets did not compare to Cafe du Monde’s, but the frozen cafe au lait hit the spot. We also tried their mini muffuletta’s, and fell in love with the sandwich. The park was decorated for Christmas, had lights in all the trees and different lighted scenes throughout the park. Very neat, from the dinosaurs to the pirate ships. We were looking a little ragged, sporting our Southeast Missouri shirts and 4H, that had people taking double takes…or maybe that was the super hero leggings being sported by one party member.
We were preparing to leave, one party member wanted us to “bring the beignets back” as she lounged on the couch. I decided that it was more than just a trip participation award and all parties that wanted something to eat would have to put forth the effort of obtaining the food. No awards for nothing. :)
This morning the kids slept in and I lounged around the suite. Checked in on my cats and my mom, all is well on the home front. I then got the kids up and going for our day ahead.
We went back down to the French Market area and went to the Audubon Aquarium. I enjoyed the aquarium in Gatlingburg this summer better than this one, but they had areas set aside for the Mississippi river area and swamp areas. The ocean fish tank was a little less enthraling, though their sea turtle was more lively. The kids enjoyed it, and that is what mattered. It did have a lot more hands on stations for kids to learn.
We left the aquarium and walked down the water front to the French Market, looking for last minute trinkets for friends and just taking in the sights. There was a bigger crowd than there was on Thursday, but there was also more to see…people wise. There are random fights between homeless people, they yell at each other about who did what and said what, when. I think they do it to see who will pay attention. We did have one the other day that tried to guilt us into giving him money, he said “just ignore me why don’t you” then muttered something about God loving us. It is sad to see them living under the bridges and sitting on the streets, I feel for the animals too that they claim and have as mates. It has been an experience to see it so closely.
Jackson square provided more entertainment today, worth stopping by and checking out. The different bands and a guy that was doing a contemporary dance routine with a large metal hula hoop. All great performers. There was a parade of Hare Krishna going on, a large float with a hindu priest ministering to the crowds along N. Peter’s street. All the followers were handing out pamphlets and oranges to people along the streets, then a group of them were in the street dancing and chanting ‘krishna’. The kids were unaware of what they were, and questioned what they were doing. Other than doing outreach, with the police blocking the streets and causing a back-up of traffic, they had a colorful float.
After all the crowds and excitement of the Quarter, we headed out to the Garden District to look around and walk through Lafayette Cemetery #1. Several movies and TV shows feature this cemetery. The houses in the Garden District are a step above the other areas of New Orleans. The cemetery had sea shells all over the ground, I’m guessing from when Katrina blew in. Speaking of cemeteries, they are EVERYWHERE down here. Not normal ones like you see at home, they are all mausoleum style. The lady at the cemetery today stated that there are people selling their family mausoleum’s on craigslist; they go cheaper if the body is left from the previous ‘occupant’.
We headed back to the suite to kick back and relax, and start preparing to head out in the morning. Have had a great time, enjoyed the food, and getting to see all the different sights. It is a place that I will probably re-visit at some point in time. There is so much to see and do.