Sheraton Metairie New Orleans
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... virtuosic teenage buskers and then we hit a bar. We did for a second have a plan to go on a trolley car and see the affluent garden district. Two pints later and we are in possession of a voodoo fridge magnet sitting in a piano bar and everyone but me is quaffing hurricane cocktails and saying how the New Orleans saints are their favourite NFL team and generally degenerating into ever greater giggling incoherence. Enjoy the ...
... and they love them. Our guide told us there was a big owl behind us and we all took the bait and when we turned back to look at him a baby alligator was being hurled in our direction! Well he pretended to throw the little guy! He/she would have been 40 or so cm long. We all had a hold. They are so soft to touch! But even at this small age they can do substantial damage with their little razor sharp ...
... I left the exhibit. It didn't take me long to leave the museum as I had no need to stop and read the story of the war on all the displays, as I already knew the story and the outcome of the war. I headed to the car. I saw that it was mid afternoon, the sun was high and I had parking payed until 2230. So I decided to walk to the French quarter, it was a bit of a walk, but really, it wasn't that far. I crossed Canal street with it's trams and onto the world ...
... take away beer from the brew pub next door.
In the evening we went to Domenica's an Italian restaurant in the bottom pf the Roosavelt Hotel. It has been nominated in the top 50 restaurants in the US. It serves authentic italian fayre. Ian had a spring vegetable minestrone which had raw vegetables and a duck stock. We both had enormous pizzas (which means a doggie bag for tomorrows breakfast for Ian) and I had affogato. It was ...
... Not that any of the assembled were Cajun, but it's Mardi Gras and this was one more in a series of festivities I'd been part of which were deliberately counter to the prevailing practice of standing alongside parade routes and screaming for beads and swag from the guys on the floats.
Anyway, after the mystic circle ended as all good religious services do - with food, though this was a decidedly unkosher ...