Hey everyone, I'm back!
Had a wonderful trip for the most part. Glad to be home, though.
Stayed with old friends in Baton Rouge for a couple of days. We hadn't seen them since their daughter was 13. She's a ballerina with the Austin Ballet now and perfectly gorgeous. Good to catch up. B.R.'s St. Patrick's Day parade was a hoot...they were still throwing beads, coins, etc. from the floats just like Mardi Gras. They never get tired of it down there. My son caught five bags full of stuff and made us drag it all the way home. Now he is asking the predictable age-old question: "What do I do with it NOW?"
They boiled live crawfish for us, made shrimp & andouille jambalaya and even gumbo. All homemade. Everything was delicious. Then it was on to New Orleans.
We'd been there several times before, but never stayed in the French Quarter, so that was a new experience. Found a European-style boutique hotel there, very nice. Did some VERY early Christmas shopping along Royal St. and stuffed ourselves for several days. Cafe' du Monde's beignets and cafe au lait the first morning, followed by a Central Grocery muffaletta for lunch, etc., etc. Pralines, po-boys and mimosas and more...Found several one-of-a-kind local restaurants that were outstanding. Best of the bunch was Mr. B's Bistro (owned by the Brennan's family). Also great was the Bon Ton Cafe' in the Warehouse District. Superb food and service at both places. Highly recommended.
Toured historic homes and plantations. Can't get enough of them! Oak Alley Plantation along the old River Road was outstanding. I have some wonderful photos I'll try to post...is the gallery up & working again? (I saw Craven's announcement about that.)
We had planned to go on to Galveston next, but the friends in Baton Rouge invited us to spend a couple of days at their hunting/fishing camp in extreme south Louisiana instead. My husband & son were thrilled, so I very reluctantly agreed. This place was waaaaaay out in the bayous. We're talking serious swampland here, folks. Accessible only by boat. Cabin had a generator for electricity, a cistern for rainwater. Just us, the alligators, the snakes and the mosquitos...or so they told me. I spent most of the time holed up inside the cabin with my nose in a book trying to forget how we were completely cut off from civilization (shudder). The boys, however, had a great time fishing, boating, shooting rifles...one bad note, though. A gun accidentally went off too close to me. The doctor says my hearing should return in a few days.
(No kidding. Stop laughing.)
It was NOT the sort of place one would ever envision taking the Goddess of Love. (sniff) I shall NOT go there again.
We came straight home after that so I could see the doctor. He said if my ears haven't cleared up by Wednesday, I should start worrying.