We then went into the French Quarter with fellow RVers. We joined another couple, who we met yesterday on the shuttle, for breakfast of croissants and cafe au lait in a place they knew. The croissant were good, but they still do not compare to either Pamplemousse in Redwood City, Ca or Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle, Wa.
Bill and Jill are retired high school teachers, he taught history and she taught science in Rockford, Illinois. They turned out to often go to France because her sister married a French man and they live in Versailles. Small world!
After breakfast we all went to visit the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. It was established in 1823 and was fun by Louis Dufilho jr, America's first licensed pharmacist. This was well worth going to just to see the exhibits of various pieces of equipment, elixirs and voodoo stuff used during that time. It is a very complete museum if you are interested in this element of life in the 1800s, which the two of us are, so a good place to spend some time. Just to walk around in another typical French Quarter house makes it worth the visit.
After that visit we all went our separate ways for the day. Unfortunately, by the time we came out of that museum, it had started to rain...oh well, we had our rain gear on today. So we walked over to visit the Ursuline Convent that we had seen from the outside yesterday. This is the oldest building in the Mississippi valley, built in 1752-53 by French Colonial Engineers. There were some really bizarre statues in the church. Religious female statue carrying a skull, another statue with oyster shell and eyes sitting on it and a religious male with what looked like a little gold bird on his head??? Nothing identified, so we have no clue as to who or what this was all about. It was kinda interesting, but would not necessarily put this at the top of my list of things to do if you come here. We chatted a bit with the woman selling us our tickets and she talked about having thought about moving to Seattle a few years ago. But she changed her mind because we had had big rains and things were flooded in the area. Decided it just wasn't for her.....so odd a thought considering she is living in a city that is below the water level and subject to hurricanes!!!
By now, it was pouring rain and we had still not had lunch. So we headed to the French Market area and had a late lunch/early dinner at the Market Cafe. Had some really good catfish and Fred has some really good red beans/rice. We then took a stroll thru the Market, which was covered so a good place to be considering the weather. As we strolled thru we saw masks, t-shirts, food items of all kinds to eat or take with you, musicians playing and lots of folks just having a good time. We ended up talking with a man who wrote inspirational poetry. He recited a poem for us which was very nice. He has them written on laminated bookmarks that he autographs, in case he is famous later. Turns out he has been in the Seattle area also and talked about watching someone fishing by Snoqualmie. He was amazed to see the catch was a large Steelhead, which absolutely amazed him and he remembers vividly to this day.
It is always interesting to hear the stories these folks tell us when we say we are from Seattle!
|Mardi Gras beads and masks|
|yes, they are little gator heads!|
Meet the shuttle and back to our RV for the evening. Tomorrow we have reservations at the New Orleans School of Cooking for a 2 hour cooking/eating demonstration. They will be making craw fish etouffe, which is a really yummy dish that I have already eaten a few times. Will let you know how it goes.
Have met our RV neighbors on both sides of us. One couple is from Portland and the other is from North Carolina. We will be trying to get together with the North Carolina folks if we can. He wants to try to do a campfire and have coffee before we leave here. She is also Michelle and has family in France.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!