Laissez le bon temps rouler

We leave New Orleans in a week. We’ve spent a lot of time here this year as I’ve gone through two (yikes!) hip replacements. To say our time hasn’t been optimized for fun is an understatement. But last week I was released from outpatient therapy, and it was as if the PT had yelled, “Ready, set, go!” We’ve taken off, visiting Chalmette Battlefield of the War of 1812 as part of my research for a novel revision

The Rodriquez Canal that, dry, was used as protection behind the ramparts for those who didn't quite yet identify as American
The Rodriquez Canal that, dry, was used as protection behind the ramparts for those defending the city, who didn’t quite yet identify as American

exploring along the way

A "potato po-boy" turns out to be a french fry po-boy; at least I ordered the red gravy
A “potato po-boy” at Rocky and Carlo’s turns out to be a french fry po-boy; at least I ordered the red gravy

Yesterday we did Algiers

The Algiers Courthouse in Old Algiers that advertises wedding services
The Algiers Courthouse on Algiers Point that advertises wedding services

which is still New Orleans but on the west bank of the Mississippi

The Central Business District as seen from the other side of the river
The Central Business District as seen from the other side of the river

This week, we’ll travel to the Barataria Basin and search out the little town of Jean Lafitte—yes, my research involves pirates—and later in the week we’ll do an intentional walking tour of Jackson Square, a place we’ve been a million times, but this trip the focus will be the history of the Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral, Pirate’s Alley, etc. We’ll, of course, take a detour to find Jean Lafitte’s blacksmith shop. After this arduous exploring, we’ll visit the Napoleon House with its great tile floor, because we love it and haven’t been in so very long.

In between, we’ll do another Magazine Street day, good food, salvage hunting, and other fun New Orleans stuff. Oh, and I want to buy a hat I saw at the Whole Foods on Broad—grocery stores are great places for hats.

After that, we’ll be gone from this fabulous city until October, then November when our younger son marries in this fabulous city. Then Christmas and a new year. Time rolls on, but, as they say in New Orleans, laissez le bon temps rouler—let the good times roll!

 

 

 

barataria basin, chalmette battlefield, exploring Algiers Point, Jackson Square tour, Jean Lafitte in the Quarter, Jean Lafitte's blacksmith shop, laissez le bon temps rouler, Rocky and Carlo's, the Napoleon House

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