New Orleans February 2017

Late Friday we arrived at this amazing Air B&B on Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden Distrct.
The streets showed evidence of a day of parades in the area.
The French Quarter

Saturday morning Dan was sleeping-in from a busy week before his travels so Bitsy and I set out into the French Quarter. We ventured in search of a specific Voodoo Priestess that had been recommended to Bitsy in NY.

...But first order of business was to get Bitsy a parasol.
April! An old Minneapolis friend. She had just moved to NOLA a few days before.

I couldn't be in the shop for the reading. It's a voodoo rule. So I stepped out and found my friend April only 3 blocks away! A half-hour later we collected Bitsy and Dan and all went to Poydras St for some parades.

Parades

We stopped at a huge parade down Poydras St in the Central Business District.

We collected some beads and saw so many people participating in a million splendorous spectacles.

Next we grabbed some super-good seafood at Mothers, parted ways with April for the day and Dan brought us to Harrah's for some much-needed poker playing.

I designed these poker chips for Dan a few yrs. ago!

Once Dan was ready to shine, Bitsy and I headed through the Quarter to seek out Chewbacchus.

Air J's

On the way, we had to stop back in the CBD to wait out our route to Chewbacchus and we had to cross Poydras but a Parade was going on, which was fortunate. It was NBA All-Star Weekend down there and a bit of a magic spot to be in the CBD. Sooner or later the parade ended and we had to travel but popped into the new Jordan release pop-up on the way.

Chewbacchus

We had a fortunate walk in many ways, and finally ending at Chewbaccus which was amazing! Part Burning Man, part Star Wars, part Start Trek and part WTF? and ALL- fun.

After Chewbacchus we were pretty overstimulated and under energized so we headed back to rest until tomorrow.

Sunday

The Next day: Dan, Bitsy and I headed back to the Quarter for an amazing brunch full of mimosas, seafood and banana's foster. The Quarter was lively and we attended Barkus the dog parade - I actually missed the main part of the dog parade but I met many animals!

There were amazing musicians EVERYWHERE. Dan and Bitsy eventually decided to head to Lower Garden to nap so I caught back up with April to hopefully find some music.

Frenchman Art & Music

We hung with some locals and went up to Frenchman for an art fair and some food. As I was checking my energy levels I wanted to wander and find some music while I could so we went searching, at first unsuccessfully but eventually found DBA...this show by Mainline NOLA was exactly what I was hoping for.

After the show, the weekend was over too and I said goodbye to April and wished her luck in this awesome new world! Then made my way back to the Lower Garden District to get some good sleep for my last day.

Jackson Square

The Quarter was amazingly empty by Monday and the day was more gray so Dan, Bitsy and I set out to do some of the indulgent touristy things such as Central Grocery: the deli which is the birthplace of the Muffuletta. I was really hungry so I may have been biased, but pretty sure it was out-of-this-world.

Near the waterfront in New Orleans is a world of old-school charm.

We went to Cafe Du Monde for some beignets, Saw the Natchez, I fell in love with the Jax Brewery Building, and visited Louis Armstrong Park before heading back to Lower Garden, for final hours of this trip.

The Porch

I spent the afternoon on the porch enjoying the cooler grayer day. Dan and I enjoyed a cigar and some good conversations. It was great getting some one-on-one catching up with the fantastic Mr. Bentley.

It was my final night in town and the rain had cleared so we went for an insanely good southern dinner at Cochon.
WWII MUSEUM

On my final day Dan, Bitsy and I walked to the WW2 Museum. I love history and I was fascinated since my own grandparents had many stories from this era. It was amazing to get a sense of the mood and time that the many stories like this took place in.

Le Monde est à vous

I found a city full-to-the-brim with gifts, culture and experiences and I hope, so much, to return.

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