Hampton Inn & Suites Elmwood
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We had breakfast downstairs at PJ's cafe before setting off today. We caught a street car (tram) to the end of the line to City park unfortunately it was cold today but at least the boys got to run around. We went through the sculpture park which was really good & quite different then we went to the playground & the boys climbed the trees & played on the swings etc ...
... kfc. We headed to the Audubon butterfly garden & Insectarium which is like a massive museum full of living and dead bugs we had to go so we could tell Jason all about it when we went home, so there was a tarantula as big as my hand and everything of bug you could imagine, There was a whole enclosure for the cockroaches which was set up like a kitchen, it was disgusting , there was a game where you have to catch the bees and put them in the bee keepers bag, that was fun ...
... did not return to enjoy it! There were amazingly few American fatalities in the battle, but young Thomas Barlow did not return from the fray. Jemima's daughter Frances Franklin was left a widow after the Battle of New Orleans.
We drove a few short miles back to the French Quarter to enjoy the city which the Americans fought to protect. We had our favorite café au lait and beignets at the Café du Monde ...
... the area performed ceremonial dancers and then later the enslaved Africans used it on Sundays to play music, dance and enjoy themselves. The park has lovely roses everywhere and several Magnolia trees but the flowering was over which was a pity. It was extremely humid as well but you do get used to it. Mid-afternoon we walked down to the Riverfront for our Natchez Dinner Cruise. We left early and walked to ...
... I went past the Place de Armes and government buildings which are some of the most photographed in all of New Orleans. The French Quarter is so lucky they didn't get damage from Katrina as there is so much history and old buildings here. It would have been a tragedy to lose those.
A couple of beers in the lobby of the hotel while I updated the blog was a nice way to end a good day.