New Orleans

Day Six – April 14th.

We were both up at 3 AM eating toast and peanut butter, being in a different time zone sure mucks up the body clock. Then when we did get to sleep we didn’t wake up until 11 AM. I am blaming the weather as it was so dark outside it looked like early dawn.

The rain has set in. Thunder and lightning and warnings on our phones about flood alerts. I chatted to Scott out on our veranda for a while but as the rain got heavier we both had to head inside.

Well, it is 2 PM and still no sign of the rain easing. I ordered an Uber, our destination is Juan’s Flying Burrito on Magazine Street, a 15-minute drive. We nearly got wiped out when a car runs a red light, lucky our driver was driving slowly due to the storm. I read about his hip Mexican restaurant in my travel guide. ‘Where punk rock meets Tex-Mex, making this place a lot of fun. Pierced and tattooed staff sling burritos in a funky setting serenaded by rock music’. Spot on description. For such a miserable day the place was full of under 30 hipsters. The food was very good and not expensive. My choice was – the Flying Enchiladas $11.95 – strips of Roga, Chile Verde & Juan’s Red Chile. Sour cream, guacamole and pickled jalapenos – 3 enchiladas each filled with our “flying” combo of steak, chicken & shrimp with sides of rice and black beans. Very filling.

It was still raining heavily and so we were only able to explore the shops on Magazine Street for a block.

‘For shopping, dining or just a casual stroll, no place in New Orleans is quite like Magazine Street. This six-mile-long stretch from the Garden District to Uptown features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.

For generations, Magazine Street has attracted business and visitors for many different purposes. It was originally named for a “magazin,” a warehouse that was built in the late 1700s to house products awaiting export. Today Magazine Street features a range of historic architecture – from the large columned Greek Revival style of the mid-19th century to the colorful Victorian cottages trimmed in quirky gingerbread millwork. Its variation of architectural styles, in addition to the endless amount of shops and dining venues, has made Magazine Street is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike’. DK Eyewitness Travel

We got back to the apartment after 3 and had a little nap. It rained for 12 hours straight. The good news is the weather will be fine tomorrow but a little chilly.