Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day 25: New Orleans

Laissez les bons temps roulez!

We took a tour of the city today. We started out going through the devestation left by Katrina as well as the restoration efforts by several celebrities to rebuild (I must say,
Brad Pitt's architects' designs left a lot to be desired, but hey, they're free homes...)

Dave's comment: Our tour guide was the the MOST cynical guide ever. When talking about bars he'd say "make sure the girl you meet at the bar doesn't have an Adam's Apple". When talking about the local market he'd say "it used to be a farmer's market, now it's just a bunch of junk". And don't get him started on the EPA, FEMA or anybody else from the government. He was sincere though, and it was understandable given what everyone had been through. Interesting fact, he was also once the baseball coach to Harry Connick Jr.

Back to Tam's post: We saw several cemeteries and toured through the Garden District (which is where all the stars live) and many, um, interesting people...

This man married a lady from Wisconsin and she kept complaining that she missed the corn. So as a "hush up honey" gift (quoted from our cynical tour guide) he had this fence designed for her. If you are looking to have a similar fence, you can own one for only $300.00 a husk!!!

We then spent the rest of the afternoon walking through the French Quarter and going in all the quaint boutiques. And by 'we', I mean 'I' :)

After dinner, we went to
Harrah's Casino and Dave played (and won $400.00 while playing) Texas Hold'em poker. I walked back towards the hotel and right around the corner from the hotel, a jazz brass band erupted in the middle of the street!

What a great time!


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