Kitty and I arrived fairly late yesterday after a nice drive from Dallas. Once I survived Dallas' morning rush hour traffic, it was smooth sailing through Louisiana. We made a stop at Avery Island to visit the Tabasco factory. It was a very "meh" tour. About all you see is the bottling plant. The smell of hot sauce permeates the air, but that's about it. The nicest part was that they had ALL of their products available for tasting. Prices were comparable to Costco/your local supermarket, so we just bought stuff we don't normally see at the store. Just before we arrived at the plant I drove through one of the most intense thunderstorms I have ever driven through. It hit so hard and fast that I barely had enough time. Even turning on the wipers to maximum had little effect to visibility which was zero! I then drove through a similar storm later as we made our way to New Orleans.
The hotel is right downtown. We had dinner at a small soul food restaurant down the block. Mmmmmm. Red beans and rice and jambalaya! We even had bread pudding for dessert which was oh-so-tasty. After that we decided to check out Bourbon St. OMG! I don't think anything could have prepared me for the madness! We walked several blocks passed all sorts of bars and strip clubs. There was lots of live music, some pretty damn good and some not so. We likened it to walking down The Strip in Vegas. It was a good way to walk off dinner.
This morning we got up early and walked through the French Quarter stopping at Cafe du Monde for cafe' au lait and beignets. We then hopped on the trolley to the Garden District. We walked passed all of the historic mansions and just enjoyed the day. We stopped off for a po' boy sammich for lunch, and then we hopped on a bus to take an airboat tour of the bayou. It was a pretty fun time as we cruised through the swamps looking for gators. We were not disappointed! I don't know how many we saw with the largest being about 6' long. The bigger gators knew that air boat tours meant tasty marshmallows and they came right up to the boat. I'll have to post pics soon.
And that's it for now. We're just about ready to head out and get some seafood for dinner. Tomorrow we head up the Natchez Trace to Alabama. I plan on putting on my white tank top and making Kitty fall into some door knobs. *evil grin*