Stupid Isaac =[
Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
91Trip End Sep 21, 2012
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It took us at 20 minutes to walk through downtown to get to the village, and we were surprised at how few people there were around considering it was rush hour on a Monday morning; the whole city seems really quiet and sleepy until it gets to around dinner time, when the street side restaurants start to fill up.
The first store we went to upon our arrival at the Seaport Village was a bookstore and coffee shop called the Upstart Crow
The other shops were pretty standard for the sort of complex that we were in; there were candle shops and old-lady clothes shops, a christmas decoration shop (completely incongruous given the heat and glorious sunshine) and a weird figurine shop ran by an ageing hippy, but there were also some cool surf wear shops to have a look around too. We spent a couple of hours here, and then made our way out along the bay to walk by the water. Here, people were sat on the grass enjoying the sun, dogs were being walked - including two little fluff monsters wearing visors.... VISORS....on dogs! Only in California - and some dude proclaiming himself to be the 'kitemaster' was flying kites.
Laura and I walked along the edge of the bay, and spotted a couple of pelicans flying over the water and diving for fish, before we decided we were hungry and headed back into town to get some lunch.
Laura had spotted a mall as we were coming into the city, so we made a beeline for there, deciding to spend the rest of the afternoon having a leisurely window shopping session
When we got to the mall we were surprised to see it wasn't a traditional indoor one, but instead was as tack of alternating levels opening up onto a central courtyard. Very strange. We found lunch in the form of a hot dog for me, and a jacket potato for Laura - which she was really happy with, as we've never seen one to buy since we've been here...small pleasures! - and then popped into a couple of shops. In the American version of HMV (Sam Goodys) I was tempted by, and ultimately unable to resist a Power Rangers t shirt (as I revert back to being 8 when on holiday, apparently) and then, still exhausted by our long day yesterday. We headed back to the hostel for about 3pm.
We were glad we did. As we were relaxing, Laura checked the news and found that Isaac was turning into an actual hurricane, and was due to hit New Orleans. She checked the status of our flight for the next morning, and we were gutted to see that our San Diego to Dallas flight was fine, but our onward flight to New Orleans had been cancelled
We were both gutted that we wouldn't get to see New Orleans, but thankful that we wouldn't be in harms way with the hurricane, and that we'd had enough time in the evening to sort everything out, especially as we needed to leave at 4.30am the next morning for our flight...had we gone to the tide pools, we may not have been able to sort everything out that day.
Sooo...we've now got one whole week in Memphis to look forward to. Still, it could have been a lot worse, and we can always arrange to go to NOLA as part of another trip (with Orlando and Hawaii...yeah, we've already got this planned haha).
Good luck New Orleans! We'll be thinking of y'all!