Big Fun in The Big Easy

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We headed out from Artesia, New Mexico and made tracks to the Big Easy, yep New Orleans, Louisiana! 🙂 The location has come up a time or two before but up until now the timing has been off. I mean really, who wants to work in the hellacious heat and humidity? It’s a good thing we didn’t head here sooner because guess what? It’s pretty hot and humid even in October! LoL

With only two days to get settled before Joe had to head into the plant, one afternoon was all the time we had to check things out … so we packed in as much as we could. We had never been here before, so we weren’t too sure what to expect, especially after Katrina’s wrath. I was pleasantly surprised by the laid back vibe. I’m not a city person so I’m usually a little tense in big crowds. But after we sat a quick little rain storm out I was ready to relax and let loose. (Maybe the loaded lemonade and sailor’s coffee had something to do with it 🙂 )

We waited out the rain at the Palace Cafe. It was a great little spot to watch the pedestrian traffic rush from place to place. After a little Spinach Salad and Fried Oyster Loaf we were ready to head out. But darn, look more rain! So we were forced to try the White Chocolate Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee. Poor us… lol.

Creme Brulee and Sailor's Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

It was fabulous and more than enough calories to get us hitting the French Quarter! We really just wandered around with no particular destination in mind. Here’s a glimpse of our day…

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

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French Quarter 2014

Hey, no fair! I'm trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Hey, no fair! I’m trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

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Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

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French Quarter 2014

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After the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815, the Plaza d Armas was renamed Jackson Square after the victorious United States general Andrew Jackson. In the center of the park stands an equestrian statue of Jackson erected in 1856.

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Cafe Du Monde - The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Cafe Du Monde – The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

The Greats -

Some of the Greats – Fats Domino, Jumbo Hirt, Pete Fountain

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

So we did!

So we did!

A day in the Big Easy wouldn’t be complete without a few street performers …

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Don’t take offense, but apparently it’s the universal hello sign in NOLA … honest!

"Hello!"

“Hello!”

Then the sun said “bonsoir” and well, most pics taken after that probably aren’t suitable for this blog. But here are a few safe ones. 🙂

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All of the bands we heard were fabulous!

All of the bands we heard were awesome!

We had a fantastic time! The food was fabulous, the entertainment was rockin’ and the drinks … well, let’s just say we survived a Hand Granade or two!

Tropical Isle - Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Tropical Isle – Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Oh, and just for the record, this is a close to the NOLA PD either of us got. Wfewww!! 🙂

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No that ticket isn’t for me!!

Thanks for stopping by, that’s all for now.

~Cheers from the Big Easy~