Sunday, November 8, 2009

Beignets and Beautiful Homes

On Saturday, we headed out in search of the famous New Orleans beignet. We eventually learned to use the streetcars, but found to be a bit challenging and somewhat frustrating venture. They sort of run on Carribbean time down here.... with a "soon come" philisophy.

In front of St. Louis Cathedral on a beautiful Saturday, the streets are filled with music and art.

This is the line that greeted us at the famous Cafe du Monde.

One of the beautiful New Orleans buildings.

A balloon maker was making a gator for a little girl. Who would want a gator??

Cafe du Monde beignets and cafe au lait. One of the messiest and most delicious of all pastries.

The view of St. Louis Cathedral from the Mississippi River.

Carriages and artisans lined up along the fence.

The mighty Mississippi. It took folks 8 hours to cross this bridge during the Hurricane Katrina evacuation.

Go Saints! We believe!

For our afternoon activity, we scheduled a tour of the Garden District. After an unscheduled fast hike to get there, we met our tour guide, Jane. She was not quite as good as Joe, but a storyteller, nonetheless. Could have shortened some of her stories... but we won't elaborate on that. Of course, I was a bit distracted during the first part of the tour because I was receiving Twitter messages from Boiler Football with a play by play of the Boilers' win over Michigan! Boiler Up!

This is Commander's Palace, a famous and historic Garden District restaurant. Very fancy.

This is the house used in the movie, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons", which our tour guide thought should be owned and loved by everyone. I heard one of the tourists say (under her breath) "such a stupid movie." I have not seen it, but will probably try to see it and come to my own conclusion. It will be fun to see the house, anyway.

This house, in the Garden District, was recently purchased by Sandra Bullock and her tatooed husband, Jesse James (at least I think that's his name).

This house is owned by the actor, John Goodman.

And here I am, standing in front of Archie and Olivia's house. I'm sure they weren't at home since both Peyton and Eli were playing on Sunday. I'll have to go back and visit sometime when it's more convenient. :)

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