Sunday, March 20, 2011
Strangers in a Strange Land (And I Kind of Like It!)
We got settled into our very nice room and then went walking around. We saw a parade -- which I loved. They were blaring music that I enjoy (Pop and hip hop), people were dancing, little boys were on floats wearing little tuxedos and little girls were on floats wearing little white dresses. They were throwing flowers and beads and, needless to say, I enjoyed it. Jacob asked if I wanted beads at one point. I said, "Yes!" People were fighting over beads (well, not literally, but you had to move fast to beat people to them) and suddenly a guy threw a string of beads and hit Jacob with them. He laughed, picked them up, and placed them around my neck.
We walked around the RiverWalk area and saw the Mississippi River. It was really interesting -- and very beautiful!
We tried a Neptune Pizza last night.
This morning we decided it would be fun to walk to Cafe Du Monde for coffee and beignets for breakfast. The cafe is a mile from our hotel, which isn't bad. We took off this morning and there were other people walking around, the streets in certain areas (the farther we got from the hotel) were still dirty from the parades and parties of the night before. We saw a shirtless young man stumbling around one little road -- have you ever watched a zombie movie? Well, that is what he looked like. It was the creepiest thing. Jacob and I learned at that moment, as we hurried past him, that we could walk really fast. Ha. We walked past a park where people were sitting and painting, selling their paintings, and visiting with passers by. It was really neat.
We finally made it to Cafe Du Monde, which was a cute little place.
We ordered our coffees and beignets as well as some beignet mix and, since the place was filling up, and seating was already becoming limited, we got our breakfast to go and walked back to the hotel.
On the walk back we saw the "zombie" trying to get into a mini van. The door was locked and he just kept pulling on the handle as if he thought it would eventually open if he yanked on it long enough. We also saw a man sleeping on the steps of a building. We walked a little farther and a man and woman walked past us with their young children. I thought, "Oh the things those kids are going to see!"
This is a beautiful, yet dirty, fun and interesting city. We have enjoyed ourselves so far and plan to try and visit the Mardi Gras World Museum today (if all goes well).
If nothing else we can now officially say that we've been here.
Oh, and my brave and wonderful husband can now officially say that he HAS, in fact, actually driven in the French Quarter. Have I mentioned he's my hero? ;P
Until next time . . .