|Fleur-de-lis waffle from the hotel breakfast|
|Wrought iron balconies in the Quarter|
|Lindy Boggs home: Truman Capote|
and Tennessee Williams both rented
rooms here (at different times)
|Beleaguered mint plant|
|Colorful shotgun houses|
|Coffee (and root beer) break|
|Magnolia iced tea: Delish!|
The gray guy put on Ryan's glasses, so for the rest of the trip, Ryan kept finding traces of that metallic paint on his frames.
|In the French Market: We bought a few souvenirs here,|
including Katie's new harmonica. With the shelter and the
ceiling fans, the market provided a nice respite from the heat.
|Gator jerky stand|
|Well, YEAH, we bought some! "When in Rome," right?|
|We liked it! Spicy, spicy!|
|Because of the hordes of tourists, |
the "To Go" window was the way to go.
|We weren't the only ones to leave a powdered sugar trail.|
After some major dusting off, we walked toward the Mississippi River.
|Home of Jax Beer, right across from...|
|Jackson Square, which is...|
|named for Battle of New Orleans hero, Andrew Jackson.|
After walking all over the French Quarter (and meeting an entertaining tour guide and the visitor center), we headed back to Conti Street to visit the Musée Conti wax museum.
This turned out to be a pretty painless way to learn some New Orleans history via the wax figures.
|Arrival of the "casket girls" (brought to New Orleans|
to marry the colonists in the mid-1700s)
|Napoleon arguing for the necessity of the Louisiana Purchase|
|The Battle of New Orleans, the decisive victory of the War|
of 1812. Without this U.S. win, the British Parliament may
not have approved the peace treaty to end of the war.
|Madame Lalaurie's haunted house: This evil woman was|
found to have tortured her slaves, and their ghosts are said
to haunt the Lalaurie house to this day.
|The Pontalba buildings are next to Jackson Square and feature|
the distinctive A&P ironwork (for Almonester and Pontalba,
her maiden and married names)
|Mardi Gras costume|
|Phantom of the Opera|
|The Wolf Man and that guy (Sir John Talbot, maybe?|
Brett will know this one!)
|The Creature from the Black Lagoon|
(and the man from Fort Worth)
|Another view of "The Critter"|
|We ended up trading meals so all of us got to sample the|
gumbo, jambalaya and shrimp creole. YUM!
After lunch we walked to Faulkner House Books, which was literally a minute from the restaurant.
|William Faulkner wrote his first|
novel, Soldiers' Pay, here.
Then it was time to continue our journey east! Our planned visit to a couple of famous cemeteries and the Garden District would have to wait for our next NOLA adventure; the beaches of Alabama were calling our names.