Days 2 and 3
The reason this is called the “Season Finale” and not the “Series Finale” is very simple – we’re going back.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, there were so many things we did not get to do. We were not able to see the Garden District or the French Quarter. We did not go on a riverboat cruise and we did not eat anything Cajun (how can I visit NOLA and not have one bowl of gumbo?! How did that happen?!?) I was told I needed to try a sandwich called a Muffaletta. I was not able to try this legendary sandwich.
As you can see, I have a long list of things I didn’t get to do. However, the things I did get to do made the trip very fun.
On the last two days, we did a lot of the tourist-y things. The Audubon Aquarium was amazing!! So many sea creatures, so little time!! My camera was more in use that day than any other. I have so many pictures from the aquarium; I don’t know what to do with them all (…except to upload them to Facebook. Ha!). The Audubon Insectarium was… creepy. Probably cool for a field trip of 4th graders (which, coincidently, there was one there we kept running into), but I probably would be okay if I never went back. Although I got some interesting pictures, I HATE BUGS! The butterfly garden was gorgeous, however. Hot…so, so hot, but gorgeous. The butterflies were able to roam around freely and land on whomever they pleased. Again, I was able to get some great pictures.
We were going to visit the Zoo as well, which I was particularly excited about, but none of us were really willing to walk the 8 miles to get there, and that would have been one expensive taxi! Plus, it was practically raining. So, instead, we went across the street to the Riverwalk shops and picked up some souvenirs. I LOVE SOUVENIRS. I could have spent all day and all my money buying souvenirs and would not have cared in the slightest!! I loved it! I bought so many* things!!
Later that night, Mel, Ricky, and I went back to the Riverwalk for burgers and fries. They were delicious! Let it be known that no matter where you eat in NOLA, the food is amazing.
Wednesday morning came without warning. It was a bit sad, as it was our last day, but exciting, too, as we had things planned for the day. First, Café Du Monde for one final breakfast of beignets (!!!!), then cemetery tour, then back to the hotel to get ready for our Farewell Dinner.
The cemetery tour was nothing short of amazing. Our guide knew so much, and I think I learned more about some historical events while on this tour than I did in college! We toured Saint Louis Cemetery 1. It was a gloomy, cold day, which only added to the excitement of the tour. I was able to get some lovely pictures. The tour began in the visitor’s center, which had this cute little shop (love a little shop!), so of course, I bought more* souvenirs!!! I got this awesome mask that is hanging in my bedroom. It’s beautiful.
That evening, armed with confidence, ready for battle in dresses and heels (sports coat and dress shoes for Ricky), we headed out to dinner. We made reservations at an Italian restaurant called Marcello’s. All four of us ordered Chicken Parmesan. It was delicious! A lovely way to end the trip.
One thing I loved about this trip, more than the city, even, was the time spent with my friends. I was never short of a good laugh. I enjoyed late-night card games and watching movies while winding down from the day.
I can’t wait to return to New Orleans. This saga will continue! Adventure is out there!!!
Mel Best Friend, Crotchet
Genius, Beignet enthusiast
Ricky New Great Friend, Fellow
Whovian, NOLA Wizard
Miracle Also New Great Friend, Driver,
Pitch Perfect Provider, Lover of