Kid in a candy store

Trip Start Apr 16, 2012
Trip End Aug 14, 2012

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Where I stayed
Mardi Gras RV Park
What I did
The Natchez Steam Boat
The Praline Connection

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Good morning New Orleans! A good night sleep was well needed and we started the day quite late. Honey Cheerios with a reheated Cinnabon gave me a fine start to the morning and after a load of washing we headed into the heart of the French Quarter to begin our day. We bought tickets to the Natchez New Orleans Steamboat, an original diesel/steam powered boat, one of the last left on the Mississippi River. Out cue to board the boat was an incredible wind powered pipe organ that filled the streets of New Orleans before it left the port, I was very intrigued as it reminded me of music from Disney, Holly was definitely not impressed.

The Natchez was a lovely old looking steamboat and as we learnt about the history of ‘Nawlins we ate our Hard Rock Café club sandwiches, a hearty meal to say the least. There was a little trad combo playing all the classic tunes on one of the decks, Piano, Trumpet and Clarinet/Tenor. All in all the Natchez was a lovely boat and we all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We hopped off the boat 2 hours later and headed into the main square, there were beautiful buildings and lots of great niche clothes shops. Holly was in her element and when AH and I found a brass band cranking out acoustically in front of the church, we were both like kids in a candy store. HT found several lovely dresses and belts and as we sifted through the French markets we found all our touristy things. The highlight of the shopping experience was in one dress shop they served cocktails for free while holly browsed the store. I thought it was a good ploy to get you to buy something until they gave AH and I one each and then a refill later on!!

Preservation Hall was our next stop; it is considered the crème of the crop of trad jazz and only the best play at the venue. There is always a line and they pack you in for one set, then the move you along and get a new crowd of people for the next set. Very cool, no photographs (I snuck one in) and just great jazz. We were lucky enough to have Leroy Jones playing that night, the soloist from Harry Connick’s band. The band was absolutely fantastic with all the old cats playing some really sweet tunes. The set had finished so we went to find dinner; along the way we found another killer brass band, three trombones, three trumpets and the rhythm section. They were holding up traffic as people went past and they were truly amazing, you could smell the excitement in the air. So far New Orleans is just really cool!

We found a nice place for dinner that did Po-Boys, a delicious sandwich type thing filled with seafood. Holly and AH went for the friend chicken with an amazing potato salad and I went for the soft shell crab Po-Boy. The food in New Orleans is quite different to Texas food, it seems to feel more healthy but delicious in its own special way. After dinner we went to the Spotted Cat again, it was so crowded that you could barely hear the band; we stayed for two songs and went to another place that was playing some killer swing. Unfortunately for us they finished at Midnight, we were bummed so we had some shampoo and went on home. A massive day in New Orleans but some great adventures!
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