Live Music & Madness in New Orleans, LA
Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
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Where I stayed
The Holiday Inn, French Quarter
There are street performers everywhere - every corner you turn you are enticed to watch magicians, dancers, human statues, clowns, musicians, palm readers, artists.....you name it! It is also full of lots of little boutique shops selling unique and crazy gifts and souvenirs.
And of course we had just missed Mardi Gras - so everywhere you looked there were brightly coloured beads, bunting and other decorations!
We walked through the French Quarter and arrived at the famous 'Cafe Du Monde' for coffee & beginets (hot doughnuts covered in icing sugar!) That was a very warm welcome in New Orleans! Although the place is crazy - it is a very well known place & it is self-seating & a Saturday
We continued through New Orleans, just taking in the sights, sounds & architecture and could really see the appeal to this place! After spending a day just taking in the place - time flies! We headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening. We researched a few good places for food & ended up in a little independent place in the French Quarter, enjoying the famous New Orleans cuisine, comprising jambalaya, rice and beans & gumbo! It was truly delicious! And with a stomach full of delicious food, we headed to some of the 'hot spots' to catch some live music.
We enjoyed some jazz and blues and eventually wandered back to our hotel!
On Sunday, we headed to the Garden District - a bit further out so not quite as busy! We took the street car out to Washington Street & wandered around the Garden District, admiring some of the houses & the pure volume of decorations & effort some of the people had gone to for Mardi Gras!!
We drank a coffee at a little independent coffee shop & watched people go about their business
We headed back to Canal Street and walked through the French Quarter and reached Bourbon Street! It doesn't matter what day or time it is, there are always people singing, dancing & stumbling down Bourbon Street! We walked down to a restaurant that was better known for the locals than the tourists. The food was in-expensive and very very good! Steve had jambalaya with sausage & Rabbit (sorry Sue - just ignore that bit!) and I had the rice & beans with smoked sausage! Yummy! Well, we had come to New Orleans to enjoy the food!!
After lunch we enjoyed more of what New Orleans had to offer, before heading out to find some more live music. We headed just outside of the French Quarter to a place that had good reviews for local music & we ended up in a bar with just a few people in it & the band were just about to resume playing.
The band consisted of a guy - on guitars and a girl - on the drums. They started playing and we couldn't believe our eyes!! This guy - Dave Gregg (you have to look him up) was playing not 1, not 2, but 3 guitars at the SAME time!!! He was playing a guitar with each hand and then another with his feet! He was truly amazing! We had never seen anything quite like it before! We enjoyed the atmosphere & the look on people's faces as they entered the bar to enjoy the music & when they finished we moved on...heading for Bourbon Street.
We ended up in a bar where they were playing the blues, and remained there for the rest of the evening. As we walked down Bourbon Street back to our hotel we enjoyed more live music acts & the atmosphere of the place!
On Monday morning we got up early to enjoy our last few hours in New Orleans before heading onto Houston, Texas.