Daily Archives: August 23, 2010

new orleans…eatin’, shoppin’ and carry-n-on…

Day One in NOLA…Laissez les bon temps roule!!!

I spent this past weekend with my husband, his staff and their significant others in the Crescent City, the Big Easy my beloved NOLA.  It was great to be able to show off the city to those in our group who had never visited before.  The weekend was filled with surprises and excitement. 

We arrived in the French Quarter @ 5:30pm to find the elevators in our hotel in less than acceptable working order(Surprise).  After long waits in long lines and 15 flights of stairs we finally headed out for our first meal of the weekend.

We headed over to the Acme Oyster House for a New Orleans tradition of oysters on the half and a few po-boys.  We arrived to find that the wait would be close to an hour(Surprise,not really).  My husband, our weekend host, is not one to wait when it comes to food.  After a few minutes and a quick decision we ended up at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Restaurant. We  were seated as quickly as could be expected since we were a party of 10 and did not have a reservation. The restaurant is much like NOLA, casual elegance.  The Restaurant is beautifully decorated and no matter your seat the view was great!  I knew from the moment I opened the menu we were in for an incredible meal.  We were not disappointed. 

After dinner, we took off for an evening walk.  Leaving the restaurant we headed out onto Bourbon Street.  It’s just one of those things that you have to see to believe and even after you see it you may not believe it(Surprise after Surprise).   We walked along for several blocks until we came to Toulouse Street and from there we headed in the direction of the St Louis Cathedral.  At the corner of Toulouse and Royal we spotted him.  He was wearing overalls, a red shirt and white straw hat.  It was Grandpa Elliott.  Grandpa Elliott is a New Orleans street performer who is featured on a CD with a multitude of artists from around the world.  The CD is called “Playing for a Change“.  We stopped to visit with him for a little while and he told us of his most recent visit to London.  He was warm and gracious and hospitable, he epitomizes New Orleans.  Before we left, Grandpa Elliott sang us a Luther Vandross song “Buy me a Rose”.  We thanked Grandpa Elliott and his friend Mark Anthony and we were off to continue our evening walk in the city that never sleeps. (Surprise and Excitement)

Bon Soir, Mon Ami!  A bientôt!

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