Monday, June 18, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|Looking out from the steps of the Capitol, which have all 50 states names on them.|
|Nice anniversary photo...a benefit of vacationing with trained photographers.|
|The view from the rooftop of the sushi restaurant in Baton Rouge.|
We spent most of our time exploring the French Quarter, but we also did a walking tour of the Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery.
|On St. Peter, a few blocks from our hotel.|
|Intricate wrought iron balcony, feels very French Quarter to me.|
|On the streetcar with Sunee.|
|Nicolas Cage's house...which was apparently repossessed by the bank and is currently being renovated on the inside to look less like the planet Krypton and more like an 1840s mansion.|
|John Goodman's home|
|Sandra Bullock's home|
|Home used in Brad Pitt's movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."|
|The Commander's Palace...former brothel, now a restaurant. (Or, who knows, it could very well still be a brothel. This is New Orleans after all.)|
|Eating lunch at Parasol's...home of the "best roast beef Po' Boy in New Orleans."|
This is in the hotel's lobby. The hotel had fabulously exotic flowers and plants everywhere, orchids in every room, and a beautiful courtyard with orange trees. Our hotel package included complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails every evening, as well as dinner both nights in the hotel's restaurant and jazz club.
On our last day, we drove through the lower 9th Ward. There were still some vestigial reminders of Katrina's devastation, including abandoned houses with the "X" mark on them. However, most of the area we saw was comprised of either vacant lots or new homes being built under the direction of Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation. Many of the new homes featured very modern designs, with solar panels and other sustainable/green features. The area actually reminded me of East Austin, with its strange coupling of disintegrating wooden homes from the early 20th century and sleek, ultra-modern houses.
On our way out of town, we had a picnic lunch at the City Park (think "Central Park" of New Orleans), and walked through the sculpture garden. It was a fun, memorable trip with good friends and a great way to commemorate our anniversaries!