Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Orleans!!

After driving through Alabama (hot) and Mississippi (hot) we finally arrived in Mandeville, Louisiana (also hot). We stayed with Adam's cousins Mark, Rosalie and Garity (and their wonderful dogs - see below!) We were greeted with an amazing dinner of crawfish and New Orleans-style barbeque shrimp...the size of Emily's head. Dessert was a visit to one of New Orleans' many drive-through daiquiri stands. Open container laws are very different here than in DC.

Tuesday morning we woke up to more crawfish, as well as classic New Orleans po'boy sandwiches (soft shell crab, oyster, and shrimp). Again...amazing. After lunch, Garity took us into the city (across the biggest bridge over water in the world) to see what New Orleans has to offer. We enjoyed more daiquiris, a walk through the French Quarter, burgers at Port of Call, Hurricanes at Pat O'Brian's, street performers, and late-night beignets at Cafe Du Monde (Robin, they were great!

Today (6/24) we were lucky to enjoy some delicious omelettes for breakfast (thanks, Chef Mark!) and a nice drive through Mandeville to see Lake Pontchartrain and the Tchefuncte River with Garity. We are now waiting on some authentic New Orleans fried chicken (Popeye's, which originated here) and good times before heading out to Austin, TX tomorrow!

Enjoy the pictures :)!Emily and Garity

A voodoo shop in the French Quarter

Some statuettes of New Orleans musicians

Can't go to New Orleans without a funny hat picture!

Cajun seasonin' - Slap Ya' Mama and Punch Ya' Daddy

Hand Grenades at Tropical Isle

Rosalie, Mark, Adam, Garity and Jocelyn

Suga Dumplin'

Mark and Rosalie's beautiful backyard

Cafe Du Monde beignets

See you in Austin!

1 comment:

  1. yayyyy! an update!

    these pics make me homesick for new orleans! can you be homesick for a place you've never lived? i'll get back to you on that.

    you guys did so much in nola! can't wait to hear more about your adventures. :)

    buckle up.