Saturday, May 31, 2008


We came back from our visit to New Orleans today. We had to return to our empty house without Annie. We dropped her off at the airport this morning. We woke up really early to have some extra time with her. We ate breakfast in the courtyard at the hotel. It was really nice. This spot on our back patio was Annie's favorite place. I think she spent most of her time in Mississippi out there. She said that Dan and I keep our house too cold. Whatever. That girl loves the heat.
We went to Cafe Du Monde for beignets.

Then we went to Fritzel's bar on Bourbon Street to see a jazz band. They had a mirror behind the piano player and it was so cool to watch him play. Annie was happy because she wanted to see some New Orleans jazz and she got to check that off her list (on her first night).

Then we walked around and Annie had to buy one of these fancy drinks. She really just walked around with it and looked cute. We didn't stay out too late that night. We got to the sketchy part of Bourbon St. and headed back to the hotel. Dan sure is a trooper. He escorted his girls and took care of us.

Annie went on a bus tour of New Orleans so she found out lots of information about Katrina and fun places to see. I didn't get to go (it was expensive) and I was jealous that Annie found out so much cool stuff. She told me some of it though.

Here we are being cute.

Dan's favorite place to go is on Pirates Alley. It's a little bookstore that is in the Faulkner House. Faulkner wrote a book there. Dan bought himself a book of poems by Natasha Trethewey. He is going to see her read in the fall. We listened to the CD that came with the book on the way home. It was cool because she writes a lot about Mississippi.

I like to watch the bands who play in the street. I did a little dance on the sidewalk and a guy told me that I should get paid for that. He was cute.

This is a view from the courtyard of the hotel we stayed in. Annie and I spent some time out here chatting and reading our trash/celebrity gossip magazines. That girl seriously needs a subscription to US. Maybe for Christmas.

Annie took us out to the Gumbo Shop for dinner. It was yummy. Annie decided that creole food isn't for her because she had a tummy ache all night. Dan took her to The Central Grocery for a muffuletta sandwitch for lunch so I think that may have contributed to her tummy. I didn't have any issues with the food, I just thought it was good.

We spent some time out by the cathedral. There was a wedding going on and we wanted to see them come out. It was so cool. They had a jazz band and they had a parade that went down into French Quarter.

This is the wedding party and the band.
We had so much fun. I'm sad that Annie is gone but I hope she had a good time. We really did a lot. She went to 4 states in one week.
Annie, thank you for the lovely week. I miss you.


Amy said...

I have never been to New Orleans. Thanks for the mini tour. The buildings and culture look so interesting.

I am sad for you that Annie had to go home. Sisters are such a treasure.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun day in New Orleans! I just like the special lanterns.