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23 December 2003 @ 06:44 pm
Well, we made it to New Orleans okay! moryssa brought us to the airport in plenty of time for the flight out to Atlanta. No problems on that flight, aside from some roller coaster action on the way in. Got to Atlanta, and met up with tarinfirepelt for lunch. Was great to see him again, need to get him out to Chicago more often! He got us some wine for Christmas, the turkey...we didn't get him anything but lunch at Houlihan's!

Anyways, the flight to N'awlins went fine, got in earlier than expected. Our luggage arrived okay, and we grabbed the airport shuttle to our hotel. Next time, I think we'll spring the extra $2 for a cab, the shuttle was decidedly cramped and unpleasant ;)

Arrived at the hotel, the Queen and Crescent. Wow! The place is like a bed and breakfast. We're definitely paying too little, but I'm not complaining. Unpacked, and enveri called her brother Matt to meet us for dinner.
(Some pics of the hotel...the foyer, room entry hall, the room itself, the furniture, the drapes, the bed and brick wall, and the bathroom, complete with huge tub.)

While waiting for Matt to show, we hung out in the Q&C's rather opulent lobby bar, staffed by a most friendly and competent bartender. A new type of margarita (I can't tell you the recipe, or I'd have to kill you) helped to pass the time. Matt showed up, and we headed for Decatur street. We wandered the French Quarter for a while, admiring the funky shops and looming balconies, before deciding on Cafe Maspero. Abita Amber on draft for $2, good sandwiches, and I got a muffuletta to die for. Definitely a good choice!

Afterwards, we wandered back, spend a little longer in the hotel bar over Old Fashioneds, Gin and Tonics, and Coronas (you guess who had what!), before heading back for the room.

The next morning, Genet's parents were supposed to meet us at 8am for the drive to her hometown. She said they'd never be able to wait that long, they were way too excited. Sure enough, at 6:44 (one minute before the alarm), they called to say they were outside!

We headed out to see her grandmother first. Very sweet woman, with a thick, thick cajun accent. Cooked us a meal to die for, featuring shrimp stew! Also got to meet Genet's long lost half-brother, whom I liked quite a lot! Finished the drive in the late afternoon. Got to her hometown, and got to meet chatty little Caesar.

Had a really nice visit with the future in-laws, they went out of their way to show me around, and stuff me silly. Sunday, we attended services with them, the Gen and I went out to tour the home she grew up in. Seemed to bring back a lot of memories, good and bad. Came back, and cooked up a holiday dinner of tur-duc-hen, and crawfish and rice stuffed chicken. Along with dirty rice, cornbread, and ice cream pie for dessert, was a wonderful meal! Finished off the evening with a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean, which the 'rents loved.

Monday, Gen's mom had to work, so her dad took us out past Lake Charles, to the Gulf. A lot of lovely bayou along the way...stopped in Cameron Prairie, apparently the home of a lot of swampy's relatives! Some vast expanses of marsh, as well as a couple gators floating here and there! Also one interesting gator, made of hunting stamps! The visitors center also had a creepy animatronic lady fishing in a boat...you pressed a button, and she talked, without ever shutting up!

Stopped for lunch at a great little rustic diner, in the middle of nowhere. Had an oyster po boy, and boudin balls. If you don't know what boudin is, you're missing out! Reached the very muddy Gulf. Had a good surf going, and felt quite warm! Drove back, viewing many local birds which I can't remember the names of.

That evening, took the rents to their favorite steakhouse, Double D's. Got the best ribs I've had in years. On the way, stopped at a smokehouse, to look at a really big gator. Eep! Glad it was stuffed.

This morning, got up early to head back to New Orleans. Stopped on the way for more boudin. I love that stuff! Arrived a little after 1, checked back in to the Queen and Crescent, and headed down Bourbon Street. Parked, and headed to Jackson Square. Hit the Cabildo museum, and the St. Louis cathedral, before hitting the Beignet Cafe. Sandwiches, another (even better) muffuletta for me, and beignets all around!

Went to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Visited with smiling sharks, hammy moray eels, hungry penguins, smoochy catfish (sorry gals, I'm spoken for!), and an antisocial bald eagle. Relative of yours, lanakila? ;) They even had a replica of Genet's old home on the bayou! *ducks*

Definitely a city I want to return to. Something about the atmosphere resonates really well with me. Fortunately, enveri seems amenable to the idea! We're discussing honeymoon options at this very hotel ;) Anyways, bright and early tomorrow, we're off to Ft. Myers, FL, to see my family!

Something good: Muffulettas. My god, these things are the food of the gods, I just wish I could get a good one up north!

Something bad: the way our luggage was treated. Egad, that guy couldn't have thrown it in a more damaging manner if he'd tried! He probably was trying, come to think of it, and it turned out to be fairly indicitave of our experience with the TSA overall.

Something disturbing: Chatty trash compactors
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Rebeccageloe on December 23rd, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)
Is there some joke I forgot that resulted in naming cockatiels Caesar? Because I had one a few years ago, then passed her off to a friend (who is now in college, so her dad keeps the bird), and the name was the same. Evil, evil, screechy birds, are cockatiels.

Anyway, glad you two seem to be having a grand time. Have a great holiday in the sun. ^^
neowolf2 on December 24th, 2003 03:56 am (UTC)
Oooo... how was that? I've been wanting to try one since they made the New York Times.
Brendanroho on December 24th, 2003 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: Turducken!
Actually, it was kinda' dry and bland! We got a Tony Chachere frozen one, and I'd blame it on it being 'mass produced' or something, except the chicken was also Tony's, and it was goooooood :9

Still worth trying, though, if you get a chance!
Giachetta Rigogliosa "Magnavixen" Ruciomagnavixen on December 25th, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)
I'm all envious. Envyenvyenvy

Sounds like a wonderful trip, glad you two had such fun! :)