The drive across Lake Ponchatrain. I knew it was a big lake, but it really feels large when you're driving across it...and all you can see around you is water.
View of the Crescent from the hotel
The riverboat tour we were going to take but missed by a few minutes.
We did not get to see the former Manning residence in the Garden District where Peytie-Pie learned to throw a football while Archie was playing for the Saints, but we DID get to see the house where Confederate leader Jefferson Davis died and another house that Mark Twain visited frequently. Almost as cool.
The house Mark Twain visited
And where Davis died
A cool restaurant in the Garden District...owned by none other than...the Brennan's.
That silly, unpredictable trolleyWe experienced Bourbon Street on a Saturday night, and it surprised me that people were throwing beads on just any old Saturday. I can only imagine what it's like during Mardi Gras! At Pat O'Brien's I ordered the Sazerac, only I couldn't remember what it was called so I ordered, "The famous New Orleans drink, it starts with an S...you know the one I'm talking about?" The bartender did, and replied, "That's gross! But okay." I found the recipe on The Gumbo Pages when I tried to remember what it was called (and how to spell it) if you're interested, but unless you enjoy a nip of rye whiskey now and again, you won't like it. I hated it...I think that guy at the restaurant was pulling our leg. So much for Southern hospitality! :) The website claims it to be "the quintessential New Orleans cocktail. There are those who say this is the first cocktail, period." And that "Hurricanes are for tourists. Sazeracs are for natives." T-dat. Pass me a Hurricane, please.
1 teaspoon of simple syrup (or 1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar)
4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 small dash Angostura bitters (optional; it helps open the flavors, but hardcore traditionalists may leave it out)
2 ounces rye whiskey
1/2 teaspoon absinthe, or Herbsaint (a New Orleans brand of anise liqueur)
Strip of lemon peel
Saint Louis Cathedral at sunset
On Day Three of our journey we will face the elements and battle Tropical Storm Fay.
Until next time, Bloggers!