Day 10 - Tuesday
Trip Start Apr 09, 2011
14Trip End Apr 24, 2011
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JG has a list of fabric stores to visit, so that will be the focus for the beginning of the day. We walked downtown on St. Charles to Promenade Fabrics. They had quite a large selection of goods, but nothing that said "Buy Me.' We caught a streetcar in to Canal Street and caught a Canal Street streetcar out to the next fabric place, just lakeside of Broad St. This one turned out to be a costume supply place that caters to the Mardi Gras trade, so no fabric was purchased.
Back onto a Cemeteries Canal St. streetcar which we rode to the end of the line, then back down to Carrollton where the City Park line branches out to the park. (The Canal Street streetcar has two branches -- Cemeteries and City Park. The Cemeteries line runs on Canal Street from the river out to St. Patrick's Cemetery. The City Park line turns at Carrollton and ends at City Park near the New Orleans Museum of Art entrance to the park.) When we got the the end of the line, RC checked the Frommer's guidebook and saw that the Sculpture Gardens (the prime reason for this journey) were closed on Tuesday! Today is Tuesday. Rats!
OK, time to take the Esplanade Ridge walking tour outlined in the Frommer's (in reverse). We walked down the edge of Bayou St. John and started working our way toward the Parkway Bakery for a good Po-Boy sandwich. After a few blocks RC decided to check the hours, and found that the bakery is closed on Tuesday. What's with this closed on Tuesday stuff!
OK -- on to plan B, or C or whatever letter we're working on here. The Cafe Degas is also recommended, so we'll head there. What? Closed on Tuesday? Double Rats!! We went into the Fair Grinds coffee house (open on Tuesday!) where we saw a nice pecan pie, but nothing substantial enough for lunch. The gal in there said that there were plenty of restaurants in the four block area and named a number of them -- but most were closed on Tuesday or not open until later in the day. We went into Nonna Mia's, next door to Cafe Degas, and had a very nice lunch. (We shared a grilled eggplant panini and a portobello panini and JG had an iced tea flavored with lime gelato.)
We continued on our Ridge walking tour and walked on down Esplanade to Royal Street, which we followed all the way through the Quarter back to the St. Charles streetcar. We were in and out of a lot of shops looking at earrings, art and souvenirs, and ended up with a small collection of mementos.
We ate Medifast bars for dinner and went swimming in the pool. The water was very nice. After that, we called it a day.