I know. So you smelled.
New Orleans was wonderful!!!!! Five days and four nights of just me and Shakey free in the Big Easy. No real itinerary, no kids, no work...much fun!
Though Shakey had been there before, his visit was for work and so he didn't get to truly appreciate it. I think he's a convert now. It didn't hurt that we started our trip with dinner at Commander's Palace. Starting with a meal like that will soften even the toughest critic. Oh the turtle soup and the oysters and the crawfish veal dish and then the bananas foster! Mmmmm.
Flight left on time, arrived early. The cab ride to the hotel revealed a bit of the damage caused by the hurrican, but frankly they parts of the suburbs and the city that I-10 cuts through wasn't the prettiest before the storm so it wasn't as obvious as I expected.
Mmmm...jambalaya for Mamma and an Oyster Po Boy for Shakey.
Memphis v. North Texas State; Nevada v. Creighton during the first session. We went back to the room, changed took a little rest and headed back for the second session of Arizona v. Purdue and Florida v. Jackson St. Jackson St. held on for a bit, but by the second half it was clear the game was over so we headed out with Florida 20 points up and went down to the Quarter to watch the rest of the Kentucky game (we're big UK fans in this house--though we weren't dumb enough to pick them to go past the first round in our pools). A few beers, UK won and we were off to walk through the Quarter.
so we had to just walk through.
After that we headed up to my alma mater.
Happy Mamma on the porch swing in her St. Patrick's Day boa. Doesn't everyone wear one to celebrate the holiday? If you haven't I recommend it highly. I felt very festive.
At Fat Harry's we made friends with a lovely young man named George whose favorite saying was "It don't cost nothin'." This ended up being true for us since he was treating half of the bar (including us) to round after round of shots. I was sure glad it was the motto he settled on for the day.
and then stopped here for a little dessert.
Nothing like hot beignets!
Then of course I had to take a picture of this eerie site. I've always loved it.
More basketball. Happily Florida won, since I have them winning the whole thing.
Then dinner here.