Day Twenty Two

Day 22 – April 27

La voodoo veau
She’ll put a spell on you

La voodoo veau
She’ll put a spell on you

La voodoo veau
She’s the witch-queen oh
Of New Orleans, of New Orleans

I’m gonna tell you a story
Strange as it now seems
Of zombie voodoo gris
And the witch-queen of New Orleans – Redbone – witch Queen of New Orleans

San Francisco Plantation

We are off on another adventure today as Stew and Carol are picking us up around 10 for the 45 minute drive over to the San Francisco Sugar Plantation. Kate had wanted to see a Plantation during this visit. I have been twice before to the Laura Planation and also to Oak Alley. It will be good to see a different one this time.
We headed down Highway 61 and it was not long before the heavens opened and it rained just as heavy as only New Orleans can.
We got to the Plantation around 1 and off we went for the tour. San Francisco is a beautiful building with a lot of history to go with it. Our tour guide was a little strange. It seemed liked she had learned here spiel by rote and she rattled off information at a rate of knots without taking a breath. No time for questions as she turned and walked to the next room and we (the tourists) assumed that was the signal to follow. Still it was most enjoyable glimpsing the life of a Plantation Owner and his extended family and the poor Slaves whose toil made the owners rich. Check out the photos of this magnificent building here
None of us had eaten and it was close to 3 o’clock. We pulled into a Popeye’s for a big old bucket of chicken, red beans and rice, Cajun fries and biscuits (biscuits could be described as a sort of scone.) I know we also had Popeye’s Chicken yesterday but no matter as it is so superior to KFC you could eat it every day.
We got back to the apartment around 5 and immediately went down to Walmart’s for some supplies. The music at Lafayette Square is on tonight and I tossed up going. Tomorrow is the start of the second week of Jazz Fest so I decided to take it easy instead. We watched the first double episode of Season One of NCIS New Orleans. We now where the NCIS headquarters is located on St. Anne Street in the Quarter and will go and take a picture for Cara. Kate yelled out when she saw a couple of the characters having lunch in one scene at Mother’s. She recognised the restaurant from our own visit last week.
Also don’t forget if you go to Wendy’s Facebook page you can have a look at some of the excellent photos she has been taking.

Day Twenty-One

Day 21 – April 26

This time I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I’m gonna need two pair-a shoes
When I get through walkin’ these blues
When I get back to New Orleans – Walkin’ To New Orleans – Fats Domino

Chinese Lanterns

Talking to one of the local neighbours while waiting for the girls. I was saying that it must be tough during the summer months with such high humidity. He agreed, but also added, ‘Ya gotta pay the price, for living in paradise.’
We ran into Ken and Lisa on our way down to breakfast this morning and caught up with what they have been up to.
We tried another new diner for breakfast, the Cafe Fleur De Lis. Good food and my coffee came in a cup the size of a soup bowl. No refills needed this morning. Oh, I also spotted a couple of new Bloody Mary’s for Mr. Smith. The Shrimp Bloody Mary and the fresh Green Tomato Bloody Mary.

Thinking of Cara back home as our washing machine broke down as soon as we left for the trip.

We had a look at the nearby ‘Pepper Palace’ and purchased a heap of rubs and spices plus a rather nifty hamburger maker thingy.

Pat has arranged to pick us up at 6 as we have tickets to go and see the Chinese Lantern display up at City Park. Firstly though Pat has picked up supplies so as we can have a picnic. Popeye’s Chicken, Cold Slaw, Biscuits and Cheesecakes with Chardonnay for Wendy and for me a large bottle of Abita’s Purple Haze. Vey civilised indeed. Pat is so organised having also bought along a table and chairs. I wonder what could possibly be better than a real nice picnic in New Orleans with Wendy, Kate and Pat. The only other thing would be if Cara, Melanie and Zac was with us. Cara will travel in 2018 when she reaches 21 (remember ya’ll, gotta be 21 to drink in the City of anything goes.)

The Chinese Lanterns were spectacular. Another highlight of the trip to date. The exhibition tours the world constantly and is in New Orleans for the month of April. If ever you get a chance to attend then jump at it. Check out the details here

Pat droves us back home after a very pleasant evening. We will be thinking of Pat tomorrow morning as she is going in for some surgery on her foot. We hope it all goes well and that the accompanying pain killers are of the highest quality. Also will be thinking of Pat’s other half, Gentilly Jnr. As he has to be up at 5 in the morning to take Pat to hospital. Seeing as Gentilly normally goes to bed at 4:30 A.M. he ain’t gunna have much sleep!