We did a 3 hour walking history tour of the Garden District and had to go see the house with the cornstalk fence. One of the stories is that the lady of the house was from Iowa and missed the fields of corn. Another story is that she picked out the fence because it was the most expensive in the catalog. In either case, it’s the only cornstalk fence we’ve ever seen! Not as good as the real thing at Grandma’s, but still fun to see. The houses are huge and beautiful and everyone’s gardens are just waking up. Smelled great.
We spent the rest of the day back at our rig washing our dogs, washing all our bedding, and washing their bedding – our dogs have fleas, argh. We cannot do a bug bomb, because there is nowhere for us to go. The owner of the RV park has 11 cats roaming all over, and there are dogs on either side of us. So we don’t know where the dogs picked the fleas up, but wow, what a pain for all of us. Lady is going nuts and starting to lick off her hair. so we had to find a pet store and buy her a cone of shame today, which is tough on all of us. We’ve spent hundreds of dollars on flea remedies. Just adds to our displeasure of our stay here. Darn. Our expectations were so high.
It was raining too hard today to do anything outside, so we found a theatre playing Selma and I am so glad we did. I really wanted the kids to see it while we were in the south. It’s the first movie I’ve been to at a theatre in years because I haven’t thought anything was good enough/interesting enough to want to pay through the nose for, but this one was.
INCREDIBLE. Go see it. Take your kids.
Into every life a little rain must fall, right?! Ooh, we were so excited for our RV park in New Orleans – looked really good online: pool, hot tub, locks us in at night, close to town. We know better than to get excited and yet we were and here we are the next day, trying to figure out if we should leave and find another one even though we already paid for the week. I could list all the things wrong, but that’s boring. Just know that we are bummed and can’t decide if we are going to make the best of it or run.
So today was exploring New Orleans! Dan and I had spent a few days here in 1998, (the campground we stayed at was worse than ours now) and we remember it fondly. The food, the smells, the gardens, and the history of the city itself.
We started the day at Morning Call and had beignets and alligator sausage. We all tried Dan’s coffee – smelled great and had the consistency of sludge! Our waiter thought he’d rip us off by not giving us change, but I stuck out my hand and smiled. We’re not dumb tourists anymore and being overly polite went away a long time ago. The cafe is in the middle of City Park, and it was high on our list for exploring. There are old oak trees, as in 600 years old, and we wanted to see them. The park is a busy place, so it was a good hike. We were bummed to see all the litter, but happy to see that some trees survived Hurricane Katrina and that they’ve planted 1,000’s more.
Jackson Square in the middle of the French Quarter – and I got one picture without people in it! The whole area was packed because of the conventions in town and spring break. Dan and I couldn’t believe how small the Quarter has gotten since our last visit, man, it is weird to be and older adult!
This was after it rained and at the end of our walking tour. The kids weren’t as impressed as we were hoping they would be, but they did see and understand how Hurricane Katrina affected the city and how much work it took the residents to recover. We had lunch at the French Market and tried 4 different dishes – hot to bland and all were good. Eliza and I loved the spicy rice, but the dark brown gumbo was a little too thick for us. We had hoped to do some gift shopping here, but there weren’t that many small businesses open, unless we wanted to buy a t-shirt from a bar! We ended up doing 11 things on my list – which we thought would take days – so not sure what we’ll do for the rest of the week!