What is New Orleans without the carriage ride? I love to ride the carriages - especially with a good tour guide! The place is so rich with history. Our trip was a bit last minute so funds were sort of limited, so we just admired the wonderful horses this time around. I think I would have felt guilty making them pull us in that awful heat anyway! They do pull the horses out in the afternoon to get them out of the heat and then bring them back in the evenings.
The squares had a few spatterings of art but that is not due to the hurricane. The City decided that street artists should be banned - that was years ago, but since we came south. Fortune tellers seem to be welcome, however. My favorite place, the Court of Two Sisters, a great cajun/creole restaurant with courtyard dining was rather dog eared and moldy and the barbecue shrimp, supposedly with a light cajun seasoned butter sauce tasted like shrimp with molasses syrup. Luckily, I had ordered steak which was big enough to share with two other people.
We decided to skip the legendary brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. Elsewhere, the beignets were fabulous!
This time, the place to eat was Bubba Gump's Shrimp House. One of us had the Bucket of Boat Trash, and it was really great! The crawfish ettoufey was delicious. Waitresses were directed by the guest flipping over a metal plate - "Run Forest Run" or "Stop Forest Stop."
And the pralines! Oh the pralines! A candy made with cream, sugar, sometimes rum, and big nice pecans! Oh, oh, oh. We bought some for souvenirs and ate them all in the hotel room. I'm sorry, really sorry.
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