I always like going to New Orleans!
Jackson Square is dead center of the French Quarters, and at one end is the St. Louis Cathedral. It is gorgeous, and they have the BEST concerts in December, every evening, for free. I've been there for them, they are awesome!
Jackson in the War of 1812.
I still am always surprised to see banana trees in the south. Don't know why I can't just take it in stride, like I do peach trees or avocado trees back home in San Diego.While I was walking around, this was going on in the background. Be sure to have your sound turned on.
No matter where you are in New Orleans, or what time of day it is, someone is always nearby singing a song or making some music. It is part of what makes New Orleans just so wonderful.
New Orleans French heritage shows via a statue of Joan of Arc inside the cathedral. Love her fitted armor!Nice waistline there Joan!
Hmmm...no tape, but get a load of this classy corset.
You know, I've always wondered what real corsets feel like. Like when I read romance or historical novels, and the heroine is fussing with her corset?
What the heck...let's give this a whirl.
Three, count 'em, THREE inches off my waist in less than ten minutes. No diet or exercise required!
(The back woogies: not so good. The sales lady explained that is just human form, even underweight girls have back woogies. Right.)
She suggested that underbust corsets would address that issue, and could be worn as a wide belt.
Wow...look at that waistline!I liked this one alot. The point on the bottom points right to my rounded tummy however.
(by the by, these corsets can be made in any fabric you wish. I just thought this particular fabric combo was just perfect for french New Orleans.)
Isn't that just FABULOUS news!
It is really fun to people watch. A surprising number of women walk along with feather boas. Tourist, for sure. The locals were all wearing Patagonia pile jackets and knitter scarves and gloves; the temperatures had dropped to the high 60's. When your body is used to 90+ degrees most of the year, that is seriously cold for them.
It did look like overkill though when I even saw fir trimmed parka hood worn up!
There is only one "Must Do" when visiting New Orleans: Cafe du Monde. I believe they serve coffee and beignets 24 hours a day every day except Christmas and have been doing so at this location since the early 1800's.
One of the most romantic things in life is to walk to the Cafe in the fog on a December night and sip coffee outside in the mist next to the Mississippi River.
It is impossible to eat the beignets without getting the powdered sugar all over your face. The local custom is for prom couples to go there the morning after prom, before heading home. The girls blow the powdered sugar on their date's tuxedos.You just have to have beignets in New Orleans.
You just do.
You have to eat them hot, with the coffee that is half milk, and fall in love with the romance of life all over again.
Bernie's company was meeting for dinner at Red Fish Grill, (best sea food restaurant for the last four years according to the sign; the cabbie said don't drink their tap water. Eeek. Plus oysters all over the menu, I'm allergic) I ordered soft shell crab and a mojito for a before dinner drink. I get seated next to Bernie's boss. Nice guy. Nice evening.