Good Morning America, How Are Ya
January 10, 2017
Good Morning America, How Are Ya?
New Orleans. Kathy and I had not made a trip to New Orleans in almost two years, since the ill-fated attempt at running an Indy Car race there, which was a wonderful trip, but a disaster for Indy Car as the race was a rainy debacle. We returned this time to attend the destination wedding of our friends Chris and Livi who had decided to make New Orleans the host to their vows.
Livi and Kathy
As their wedding was going to be held on a Tuesday afternoon, we decided to make a longer vacation out of it and head to New Orleans on the Friday previous so that we could enjoy the many fun offerings that the city has to offer in advance of the wedding activities.
Our trip to New Orleans was not without adventure as crazy freezing rain delayed us in Atlanta for three hours as we waited for the plane to be de-iced, but we at least made it on the original day we were scheduled to arrive, unlike many of those traveling over the weekend from Key West to the wedding who had any number of travel related nightmares.
We arrived and checked in to the Hotel Indigo on St. Charles Street in the Garden District, which is our favorite area of the city. It is right on the street car line and the Garden District is simply beautiful. We really had no plan whatsoever as far as what we were going to do while in the city and we had the freedom to just play it by ear and explore.
After a great breakfast at Stein’s Deli, we took the street car downtown and visited the Audubon Institute’s Insectarium. The Insectarium is basically a cool zoo comprised of insects, over 15,000 different ones are on display and it is a great place to visit.
The sheer number of living insect species on display is impressive and the variety is cool, everything from huge Rhino beetles to colonies of leaf cutter ants to a wonderful butterfly garden, the insectarium offers all manner of creepy crawly critters. I loved it and Kathy I think, enjoyed it as well.
We spent the rest of the day exploring the downtown riverfront area, stopping for beignets at Café du Monde and strolling around the many unique shopping opportunities that the Bourbon Street area offers. We stopped for frozen Irish Coffee at the Key West friendly Erin Rose café. The bar is a popular stop for the Key West crowd and with almost a hundred Key West people in New Orleans for the wedding, it was fun to run in to people we know there.
Bon Bon Vivant
For dinner we returned to one of our favorite New Orleans restaurants, Cochon before heading back downtown to attend the annual Joan of Ark parade in celebration of the iconic figures birthday. It was a fanciful sort of nutty parade with all sorts of people dressed up as Joan of Ark and tossing beads and such.
Post parade, we went to a downtown bar, One Eyed Jack’s where we attended the late night Burlesque show by the Fleur de Tease troupe. The group is one of the most established and well known in New Orleans and their show which was entitled “The End of the World”. The show was really entertaining but it also made me appreciate how great the Key West Burlesque troupe actually is, but it is always fun to see a fun Burlesque show.
The next day, we were up early and at the New Orleans convention center where the annual ComicCon convention was taking place. The huge show featuring everything comic book related and more was Kathy’s first foray in to the world of comics, cosplay and such. It was pretty cool, but there were not as many people dressed up as I am used to seeing at comic conventions. We spent much of the morning there before heading back downtown where we hung out until the evening.
That night we had tickets to see country music legend Willie Nelson and family in concert at the House of Blues. Nelson is approaching 85 years old, but he still performs amazingly well. He played an hour and a half straight filled with a majority of his hits. His voice was a little gravelly but strong and his guitar playing was as good as ever. It was a fantastic show and we were so happy that the show coincided with our visit to the city.