I love New Orleans, Louisiana NOLA; always have, always will! There is something going on in the Big Easy town no matter what day or time of year. Patricia Heier, Steve’s sister came to visit the first week, the next week Caitlin Clifford our daughter came to party.
THE FRENCH QUARTER & BOURBON STREET
When we arrived on April 9, 2015, the French Quarter Music Festival was taking place. This is a four-day music festival featuring all NOLA local bands on five stages within the French Quarter. A lot of zydeco, Cajun, swamp-pop, washboards, accordion, strings and horns on the stages and in the streets. We listened to NOLA locals; Allen Toussaint, Dixie Cups, Guitar Slim, Jr., Dwayne Dopsie, and Washboard Chaz.
The French Quarter and Bourbon Street rocks with wrought iron uniqueness, gold, purple, green beads, get down dirty vibe, voodoo, tourists, locals, Sazerac-on-the-rocks drunks and sober parents.
Patricia, Steve and I attended a Cajun cooking class and are experts making jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice. Caitlin and I sampled many Frozen Daiquiri shops, my favorite was the oh so strong White Russian Daiquiri. Made shopping interesting!
The Camilla Grill’s pecan pancakes are worth visiting twice. The Garden District next to Loyola and Tulane Universities is just lovely. Steve, Patricia and I spent a Sunday afternoon in the Garden District. We had ‘creepy fun’ reading the tombstones at Lafayette Cemetery No.1. This Washington Avenue cemetery is the oldest cemetery in town. The ground soil is so wet that all the crypts are above ground.
Caitlin and I had a fun girls day in the Garden District. Caitlin found the perfect boutique to use Mom’s Visa. We saw Sandra Bullock, John Goodwin, and Benjamin Buttons film house. Nawlins cuisine of happy hour oysters and NOLA Brewery Blonde Ale was a perfect end to a perfect day.
NINTH WARD – DOWNWATER AREA OF NOLA:
Our RV Park was on Lake Pontchartrain next to District Nine, Ninth Ward, Downwater neighborhood. This area was destroyed in the Katrina Hurricane/Levee break. Ten years later only 100 houses have been rebuilt. Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Foundation builds recycled material LEED certified homes in District Nine.
Please click on individual photo to go to the Gallery.