The Places I’ve Been: New Orleans Part 2

After our lunch on Bourbon Street, Jordan and hoofed it over to Royal Street.  This was a street I loved!  It was closed to traffic so there were tons of street performers and the shops were along this street were really cool. This street had a really neat artsy feel to it especially with all the different musicians around.  We found one in particular that we really liked called Sour Mash Hug Band. We bought their CD and listened to it repeatedly on the way home.  The thing with this band is their music is so unique you hear something new in it every time, which is fun for me.

We browsed along Royal Street for awhile before going and checking out Faulkner’s old residence, which is now a very crowded bookstore on Pirate Alley.  We didn’t stay too long since we had no intention of purchasing anything. It was also very narrow and there were at least five people in the place.

After leaving Faulkner’s place we caught the street car to the Garden District. This place was amazingly beautiful.  The Garden District has all the huge mansions and impeccable landscaping.

We stopped by Anne Rice’s favorite bookstore (according to our travel book) Garden District Book Shop. They had a display of Anne Rice novels and her autobiography. Other than that it was a pretty well rounded little shop. We left there and explored the surrounding neighborhood.  We saw Archie Manning’s house, and stopped at a small art show that was taking place on a huge front lawn. We took several pictures of the decorative facades and architecture.

After a long day of walking I needed to recuperate so we went back to the streetcar to return to our hotel for a nap.

By the time we woke up it was getting close to dinner time so we hopped on the River Front streetcar to Esplanade Road and walked fifteen blocks to our dinner choice. Which happened to be closed. So we walked fifteen blocks back through cute and peaceful neighborhoods.  This was probably the most interesting walk for me.  We got to see the places where the regular people lived, like small families.  What was also interesting was the fact that some houses were still in disrepair from Hurricane Katrina and some were fine. Some house still had the spray paint marks from rescue teams. You could see that the neighborhoods were repairing themselves, but there were still signs of damage and neglect. What was also interesting was the fact that on this walk alone we saw about twenty cats.

I don’t know if everyone in New Orleans just lets their cats in and out as they please, the fact that we were in a neighborhood area instead of a city type area, but the cats were seriously everywhere!  That was fun for me because I love cats and was starting to miss my own by this time in the trip. So it was good to see all the felines out and about.

We made it back to the streetcar and waited for a good ten minutes for it to arrive.  We took it back to the French Quarter and had some dinner at the Crescent City Brew Pub.

Dinner was good, but dessert at this restaurant will be forever etched in my mind.  This was the restaurant at which I first tried Bread Pudding. Oh. My. Goodness. This Bread Pudding was amazing! I think it was the most delicious dessert I’ve ever tasted. I could have sat there all night eating their Bread Pudding.

We walked back to the hotel and crashed for the night.  Before leaving the next morning we got up early and went to Cafe Du Monde one last time to enjoy a delicious breakfast of their coffee and Beignets.

The thing I loved most about New Orleans was it’s flexibility. I believe there is something for everyone there. I can’t wait to go back and experience this city all over again!

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