|The living room, complete with Baby Grand piano. The window to the left of the piano served as the door to the gorgeous balcony.|
|We spent lots of time on our balcony, which was just steps from Bourbon Street. Many of the horse and carriage tours stopped to look at our balcony and take pictures. People would yell to us 'Your balcony is beautiful. You're so lucky!'.|
|Master Bedroom -- it was huge! There was also a second bedroom with two queen beds|
|Look at that chandelier!!!|
|The china cabinet kept opening by itself. A little spooky.|
|Fireplaces in the bedrooms. Love it.|
We hung out in the French Quarter, napped one afternoon when it rained, lounged on our balcony, walked around. One afternoon there was a parade that we could see from our balcony and when people walked by afterward, we threw them beads. That was fun! Pam, Laura and I went to the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade, which was a BLAST! Who knew that standing out on the street yelling for beads and catching them from the floats was so much fun?! The crowd was amazingly well behaved and everyone was polite and shared beads and gave the stuffed animal throws to children. That made me extra happy.
We took a tour of the Garden District and Cemetary one morning. The Garden District is a neighborhood of about 1000 mansions and gingerbread houses that originally began in the mid 1800s for the newly wealthy 'genteel' population of New Orleans who didn't want to live in the French Quarter with the working class.
This place is swankalicious...
|The Manning Home. Yep, I mean Eli and Peyton. |
Surprised that I know who they are, aren't you?
|Anne Rice's former house. The home of 'The Mayfair Witches', one of my favorite books.|
|12,000 square feet for sale at $12 million. A steal.|
|Festive door wreaths everywhere for Carnival|
|Sandra Bullock's house. Gorgeous!|
|House where Benjamin Button was filmed|
The cemeteries in New Orleans are interesting and known as Cities of the Dead. The above ground tombs act as ovens and they say it takes 'a year and a day' for a body to completely decompose and turn back to dust. Many people are buried in these family vaults. When they open it up to add a newly deceased family member, they place what's left of the most recent burial in a special burial bag and move it into the 'basement' of the tomb. The remains of the coffin are then burned in ovens located within the cemetery. There are many notes of people in this cemetery that died during a Yellow Fever plague and one tomb that contained about 10 children of one couple who died in infancy or childhood. Heartbreaking.
|This cemetery is the fictional home of the Mayfair Witches tomb and the vampire Lestat's tomb|
|Sarah, our tour guide|
People leave tokens and toys at the tomb of the orphan boys to ward off a little boy demon and keep him happy.
|You can see how this would work as an 'oven'|
|The ferns are called 'Resurrection Ferns' and feed off decomposing bodies|
|Cheeseburger at Camellia Grill with grilled onions. Fantastic and such a fun place.|
|Workin' hard at the Camellia Grill. The waiters are also cooks, singers, comedians. And extremely flirtatious. So much fun!|
|Burger at Yo Momma's Bar and Grill with mushrooms and blue cheese. Fab!|
|Belle, Tara and Laura at Yo Momma's (Or is that the ghost of Belle??)|
|Steak and Lobster for Pam and Belle at Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro. Delicious food, great wine selection. Located at 720 Orleans Avenue in the Quarter|
|My Barbeque Shrimp at Orleans Grapevine. (red eye reduction - on) It was fabulous. I also had a cup of wonderful gumbo|
|Laura had scallops wrapped with bacon and served over a mushroomy sauce. Delish.|
|Shrimp Po boy at ?? I don't remember but it was good. We had just gotten to town and were hungry. I also ate fried oysters for a couple of meals, but obviously they were so good that I forgot to take a pic.|
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