Drove My Chevy to the Levee but the Levee was Gone

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Well another day and we still have electricity! All is well!  Clark's nerves seem to be more at ease.  After all, we can brew coffee inside!  We made our way to New Orleans.  We seemed to have as much trouble leaving the area as we did finding it.  Anyway, once on highway 10 clear sailing to the French Quarter.  We parked the car and headed straight for Cafe Du Monde.  We ordered a round of hot bignets, milk and coffee au lait.  MMMMM!!!!  These are good eats!  As we sat there enjoying our morning snack, a parade happened by.  Clark raced out with the kids knocking them out of the way to catch the beads and surprises from the floats.  We finished up and moved onward to the Moon Walk that looks over the river on one side and Jackson Square on the other.  We snapped a few photos and decided to rent a horse and carriage. 

Howard and Blaze were our most gracious hosts of this town.  They took us by all the famous areas through out the French Quarter all the while a down pouring of rain.  Blaze happens to be the mule and Howard our guide.  They gave us a 30 minute snap shot of the area and what there is to see and do as a family, as drinking Hurricanes and Hand-grenades all day was not an option!

As we wondered up and down streets such as Bourbon and Royal, we ran into mime after mime all with their own unique twist.  The kids had fun with them and interacted with a lot of them.  We found our way to the Gumbo Shop for lunch.  And yes we had Gumbo and the kids had buttered noodles.  When lunch arrived, the kids tried the gumbo and Rusty liked it so much, he finished both Clark and Ellen's and still wanted more.  We then shared ice cream with praline topping.  What a nice treat!

Wandering through the galleries and shops we ran into several interesting people as I'm sure you can imagine.  They were all more than happy to share their own take on the Quarter or their tidbit of trivia. Clarkism: "Kids, New Orleans is the birthplace of cocktails and jazz.  The first cocktail invented was called a Sazerac.  Another popular early cocktail was called a Pimm's Cub." Of course, Clark & Ellen rushed to Tujaques (est 1840) to sample one of each! (YUCK!)

Stepping off the riverfront docks, before Clark could say"Golly, kids" the shoe washers descended upon him.  Frightened, Clark ran off with a blob of white liquid on each shoe.  Ellen finally coaxed him back to let the family of shoe washers finish their $5 shoe wash.

Continuing the gastronomical journey through the South, we enjoyed Red beans and rice, Jambalaya, and a Muffaletta.  Them was good eats!

One of the most unusual Establishments we found ourselves in was a bathroom break at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.  A watering hole that looks much like it did in the 1700s, complete with candle light - ONLY.

After securing a couple of must-haves at the French Market, we ambled back home to Poche Plantation for a dip in the pool and exploring the UFO that just landed on the other side of the levee!  
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