We had a bit of an extreme day - the morning was mundane but the afternoon was an adventure! Isn't that a neat way to spend the day?!?!! :)
This morning I went to Curves like a good girl. Got back home and got my coffee and checked on my computer reading. Once I got my shower, we headed out to the WalMart for our first of the month grocery run. While there, I got hit with a migraine - UGH! Thankfully, it was as we were about to check out, so we got out of there fairly quickly. Once home, I got some medicine in me and settled quietly in the recliner, hoping it would pass.
Randy was great - while I was inert in the recliner, he put all of the groceries away AND fixed the lamp that got broken in transit yesterday. Have I mentioned lately what a great guy I married to? :)
The migraine began to ebb a tad, but wasn't going away, so I took some more meds. Don't yell at me - I always end up taking extra meds to get rid of migraines; that's just the way it is. We wanted to check out the ferry that goes to New Orleans, so I needed that headache to go away! We got some lunch and the headache dulled to a throb, so off we went.
We found the ferry parking lot with no problem and were prepared to pay the $5 parking fee, but there was no one around to pay. I was a little concerned about leaving the truck without paying, but there wasn't much we could do. So, we boarded the ferry. There is NO charge for walk-on passengers, isn't that amazing? It took all of five minutes to go from one side of the Mississippi to the other and dropped us off on the edge of the French Quarter.
See who greeted us upon our arrival!
We wanted to find Cafe du Monde where great beignets are served. Our friends, Larry & Cindy, told us we had to go there, so of course, we complied! We took the long way around, come to find out, but it was an interesting walk. I love all the palm trees along the sidewalks.
Cafe du Monde is just across the street from Jackson Square which is a beautiful park.
And on the other side of the park is Cathedral of St. Louis, a beautiful old church. It has the distinction of having Pope John Paul II say mass there during his visit to the US.
Here we are enjoying our coffee and beignets! I had to call Cindy to let her know where we were! We even had some street musicians serenading us right outside the cafe. I felt like I was in a commercial for New Orleans - it seemed so cliche! But it was wonderful.
We took a different route back to the ferry and found it to be shorter. This is the way we'll go tomorrow when we go over for our tour. It's the Riverwalk along the Mississippi River. Lots of monuments, a park, and a huge IMAX theater were along the part of the walk we took. Some interesting sculptures were found outside the IMAX theater. Not my taste, but who am I?
We were only out and about for a couple of hours. And the truck was right where we left it. No note about non-payment or anything. So we REALLY got a bargain today! We'll go back late tomorrow morning, so we can lunch down in the French Market. We were told we had to have the muffaletas, so again, we need to do as we're told! :) Then we'll go on our tour of the city from 2 to 5pm. Really looking forward to that. It takes us to all kinds of sites; historical, scenic, and Katrina-hit.
I loved walking around, taking in the feel of the French Quarter. I could have sat at the Cafe all day! Just watching people enjoy themselves and the city. Can't wait 'til tomorrow when we'll venture even further in. Maybe I'll see Emeril! :)
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