Day 2 - Monday

Trip Start Apr 09, 2011
Trip End Apr 24, 2011

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Monday, April 11, 2011

On our return from Mia's Balcony last night we stopped at the local 24-hour Walgreens and got a Jimmy Dean breakfast bowl for this morning's breakfast for RC. JG had her usual Medifast cappuccino. We had an 8:15 call for the City Tour that we booked yesterday. We were the second pickup. The first was two couples from Pennsylvania near Harrisburg. We ended up with 33 on our little bus before we started our three hour tour. We even picked up a couple at the French Quarter RV resort -- quite a fancy place. New York City, Washington D.C., Minnesota. California, several Canadian provinces, North Carolina, London and Sweden were represented.

Our guide/driver, Wanda, a fifth generation new Orleanian, was very knowledgeable about the history and did an excellent job of navigating the narrow one way streets in the French Quarter with the bus. We went all over town. Our first stop and out-of-the bus experience was at the St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 out on Esplanade Ave. We then went on to City Park and had a restroom and snack stop. We got a couple of alligator sausage sandwiches which we ate plain. They were good - not overly spicy. After the park we toured the area affected by Katrina.At one point Wanda encountered a pinch point where there was a trash drop box on one side of the street and someone parked with their wheels turned out, making it very iffy to pass through. She had to back out about three-fourths of the block to get around this obstacle. One of our fellow passengers got out and helped her by spotting at the rear. SInce we were one of the first picked up, we ended up being the last dropped off (The Pennsylvania people had gotten dropped off in the French Quarter), around 1:15. So our two-hour tour chewed up five hours of our day.

We had a lunch of Medifast bars and went downstairs for our 2:30 appointment with the Wyndham marketing people (we were to receive a voucher for the steamboat Natchez day cruise, which is on our to-do list). The rep that we drew, Rachel, was befuddled by our status -- we were the first Worldmark owners that she had encountered (she's been with them for about four months). We ended up getting three different reps involved because it appears that we have never gotten the real low down on how our Worldmark and Pahio (Hawaii) ownerships have been affected by the Wyndham purchase. They ended up having to take time to research our various ownerships to see what they can offer us. Our 90 minute presentation stretched into over two hours before we finally got our Natchez voucher and took off to our afternoon (early evening) destination. We had planned on going to the Whole Foods store at 5600 Magazine St. to get breakfast supplies (and a goody or two), but we also decided to get an early dinner, so it was off to the Camellia Grill on Carrollton Avenue. We once more got on the trusty St. Charles streetcar and rode uptown. (The streetcars have been full on most of the times we've ridden) The Camellia Grill is just lakeside of St, Charles, and the motorman announced the stop as well.

The Grill was quite different from what I expected. It was very shallow from front to back and only had counter seating on round stools.RC had the special omelet (ham, potatoes, and lots of other good things, then smothered in chili) and JG had the pecan waffle with cane syrup (very thin waffle, but very tasty). JG also got a Camellia Grill t-shirt.

After eating we returned to the streetcar line and rode to the last stop (only two or three more beyond the Grill although the tracks went further lakeside) and then took the same car (didn't even have to get off) back downtown. (JG helped the motorman by reversing most of the seats -- there was one lady who didn't move and took care of her own two seats).We exited at Joseph St and walked riverside down to Magazine and the Whole Foods. We got our groceries and JG got some mementos for her co-workers. This Whole Foods is smaller than our Hollywood one, and when we surveyed the bakery we couldn't find our favorite treat - Carmelita bars - in the bakery case, so we got a couple of individual goodies (apple/walnut strudel for JG and blueberry riot for RC). We then found a package of four Carmelita basr, so we got those as well. We ate the individual ones before heading back downtown on Magazine.

On our way down Joseph we had received two calls from Rachel -- the first one wondering where we were and checking about our plans. The second one was less than five minutes later and she informed us that the sales people were heading home, so we made a 2:00 appointment for Tuesday, after we return from our swamp tour and have had a chance for lunch.

We walked on Magazine down to Aline St (about 20 blocks) before we decided to go back to St. Charles to get a streetcar back to home base. When we got up to St. Charles (only five blocks here compared to 10 blocks up at Joseph -- St. Charles veers somewhat to the lakeside after Upperline St.), we got a streetcar very quickly and returned to the Avenue Plaza. After putting away the groceries, prepping for the morning, doing the Day 1 entry, checking for e-mails and making moves in my Gameknot chess games, we called it a day shortly after 11.

We both got in over 10,000 steps today (the Magazine St. walk helped a lot), but that was less than half of what we'd done on Day 1.
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