Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Orleans

Austin finished his internship, the next day we packed up everything we brought and began our journey through the SOUTH! Woot!! After all the traveling and fun we had this summer, we were already a bit exhausted. But, we were also really excited to explore all the Southern states that we had never been to. And, we were really glad we did! 

Our first "pit stop" was New Orleans! The city of delicious Creole food, beignets, French style architecture, and lots of live jazz music! It really was a completely different world! We started by exploring the city. Our hotel was in the French Quarter so it was an easy walk to Bourbon St. (which really is insane, as warned! Even on a quiet, Sunday afternoon... it was CRAZY). Oliver kept saying... "What is that smell?!" and "Look! That silly guy is sleeping on the sidewalk!". haha.  

Anyway, we had some really great jambalaya and red beans and rice and alligator tail for dinner. It was all really delicious! Now Oliver says his favorite foods are frog legs and alligator tail. haha!

The next day we spent the morning touring the Destrehan Plantation, an old historic plantation famous for the 1811 Slave Revolt. It was a really interesting and also very sobering tour. I'm really glad we went! That afternoon we went on a swamp tour and we saw a bunch of alligators and also a ton of wild pigs. That was really cool!

That evening we walked back into the French Quarter and had a nice dinner. We walked along the river and then tried Cafe Du Monde's famous Beignets. They were really good. I mean, they are delicious fried donuts covered in powdered sugar. What's not to love? 

The next morning we hit the road again on our way to the Florida Keys to meet some friends! 

About to leave our apartment in Houston

A rest stop in Louisiana had a tiger! 

My happy boy!

Oliver and Calum were thrilled to be out of the car and wrestle around a bit on the bed!

The Destrehan Plantation had some awesome trees! 

Calum fell asleep on the swamp tour boat! The high speeds put him to sleep. 

The swamps in the South are pretty awesome!

Wild pigs!

New Orleans in the evening

Cafe Du Monde- eating beignets

When you need to go #2 in the middle of nowhere..... haha!

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