My first visit to New Orleans was on a cross-country road-trip with my family when I was 15 years old, over 30 years ago.
I was enamored with the city then.
I wouldn't make it back for another decade or so when Cindy and I escaped Speed 2 for a few days. Fell in love with the city again.
We've been able to visit NOLA a few times since.
This year we've spent more time in Louisiana than any other state. We were in Baton Rouge for 4 months while I was working on Maze Runner.
Then Cindy got a job in New Orleans, that goes until late November.
I was very excited to spend some time as the house-husband in New Orleans, grabbing up all sorts of teachable aspects of the region.
Problem was by the time Skye and I reached NOLA, we were completely fried with traveling.
I'm usually a great tourist. And for the first couple of days, I did my best and it was almost my undoing.
Things We've Seen
That said we've jumped in with two feet plus.
We joined the Audubon Nature Group, we've gone on swamp tours, been to various festivals, been to a fair share of restaurants and bars.
We've hung out with "burners" and pirates We've been to more than our fair share of farmers markets.
I've shared a lot of these adventures via facebook and this blog.
We've also tried to relax and not burn out, which I've also shared via same outlets.
So I won't take up too much of the post on those past endeavors.
So how did the last weekend down in the Big Easy go?
Eating and drinking in New Orleans is neither a hobby or a sport, it is a way of life.
As such, consumption is practiced on every level imaginable with results that follow accordingly.
If that comes across a bit convoluted, Byzantine or contrived, what I'm trying to say is that there are many restaurants, bars, and other ways and places to get food and drink in this city.
And as one can imagine in that mix you'll find the good, the bad and the ugly.
But since we are foodies to a degree and are almost always up for a culinary adventure, this last weekend found us at a couple of the Louisiana Seafood Festival, Root, and well, some places in between.
After a long work week for Cindy and a roller coaster week for me, I didn't think we'd be going out on Friday night. But we got a second wind and were able to go out for a long overdue and needed date night at the restaurant Root.
It definitely got a mixed review from us. The food was showy and yet unremarkable and the service was not bad but certainly not worthy of a place getting the reviews and charging the prices Root does. Certainly not bad but not worthy of the hype,
We chanced upon City Park on one of our ventures from Baton Rouge while I was on Maze Runner.
There was too much to see then and even though it was high on my list of things to see and do, we've barely scratched the surface, since our first encounter.
Skye and I ventured there a couple of times to bike and exercise. But between hernias and burnouts, we barely did it justice.
I aimed to make up for this slight by spending most of this weekend at the park, checking in at the Louisiana Seafood Festival when we got hungry or needed some musical diversion and then taking in some of the attractions that City Park had to offer.
Problem was how hot it got and humid and oh yeah, all the other stuff we had to do, in regards to our nomad life-style transition to whatever the next phase will be, aka packing.
We made it out on Saturday, after braving the public transport system, which is good, but when you're faced with high temps and humidity, waiting for a tram or bus can be less than pleasant.
Give to the Arts
I usually join museums rather than paying for a day pass.
I do this for practical reasons as well as philanthropic ones. There are usually reciprocal programs involved. So when you join an art museum in one part of the county you can visit art museums all over the country.
And such was the case for us.
We signed up as members at the High Museum in Atlanta and were able to waltz into NOMA and the Japaneses-fest, as well.
Talk about win-win.
It's hard to say you've missed something when you've seen and experienced so much....however
I did want to wander down south a bit to explore Houma.
But we didn't for a variety of reasons. So I was very curious when we ran across an exhibit about the Houma culture at the New Orleans Art Museum.
I found it interesting on bunch of different levels, particularly with its being juxtaposed to the Japanfest going on all over the museum.
It made me think about what ends up in an art museum, its presentation , as well as bunch of other stuff.
(Unfortunately I am once again beyond pressed for time. It's Monday morning. I am not packed. And we need to hit the road in a couple of hours. Yikes!!!)
The list of activities, places, etc that I still want to experience in Southern Louisiana is too long to get into at this moment in time.
A Tea Ceremony
An odd "Lolita" fashion-show
And some art and such
Home Sweet Home
We didn't last much longer at the festival.
And we never made it out again that night.
And didn't get much more packing done.
Leaving us with a ton to do on Sunday. So we opted not to make a second trip to the park and festival.
However (facebook cut and paste cheat).....
16 hours ago near New Orleans, LA via mobile
Packing(again), getting for the upcoming week of more packing and another road trip. Yikes! NOLA-ATLANTA-Los Angeles-NOLA-Atlanta and unpack
Saying goodbye to some friends — with Cindy Carr at Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium.
Jon Danniells 12 hours agoRelaxing aka putting off packing — with Cindy Carr at Sylvain Resturaunt.
And then our requisite Sunday evening TV made up of Homeland and Boardwalk Empire.
And now at just a bit before 6 am, an hour or so before we plan to get on the road, I'll shave, shower, pack and try to get out of here.
Still on today's To-Do list, a 7-hour drive from NOLA to Atlanta and then flying to Los Angeles.