Friday, 13 March 2015

New Orleans & Caribbean 2015 - Part I

New Orleans at Mardi Gras time! What could be better? Not too much, I am sure. New Orleans has been one of my favourite places since I was a mere slip of a girl, so when I had a milestone birthday recently, I knew where we had to go. This time, my parents joined us for most of the trip.

The World's Greatest Husband™ and I stayed in the French Quarter at the Holiday Inn Chateau Lemoyne -- a very nice hotel, with friendly staff, and a good location. Ours was a king bed room with a shared balcony.

Our balcony
Among the fine amenities of the pool is a lounge with live music, and a heated outdoor pool. The former was nice, but I am sad to report that it wasn't really warm enough to use the latter, although we did see a few hardy souls in there during our stay.

The pool in the courtyard
We love live music in New Orleans, so we try to get to at least a few venues during our visits. This time we didn't get to as many as on some other trips, but it was a short stay, and we had some other evening activities as well.

Maison Bourbon - Live Jazz
Day 2, we went walking. All over. We went down by the river, and then out along Magazine.

Your Humble Narrator by the Mississippi

TWGH™ next to the Mississippi

Along Magazine

St Charles 

Beats Sneakers

The Streetcar arrives
We took the streetcar back to the French Quarter and had lunch. We went to Pat O'Brien's, but we had an unpleasant experience there. We ordered Bloody Mary's, and when the bill arrived, they had charged us for the glasses. We have bought glasses from Pat O'Brien's before, but only upon request. We were also informed that we would have to pay the bill, and then give the glasses to the bartender and she would refund our charge. She did not refund the taxes which I am sure were included in the bill. What a scam! We are never going back there.