NOLA Recap

Jeez, where did the week go?  I intended to post this last week but. Life. Kids. Busy. You know.

So first thing we did when we got into town was go to the French Quarter.  After eating some smoked duck quesadillas (which were delicious,) we ended up on infamous Bourbon St.  We happened to be there the same week as Final Four.  Oops.  The streets were littered with college kids and everywhere we went, there was a  line.  Kind of a bummer, but we made the best of it. We didn’t make Cafe du Monde.  We tried but the line was 75 people deep.  How good can the beignets be?  Don’t answer that.

Back on Bourbon Street, we walked through mass of debauchery.  It totally is.  Performing street kids and strippers served as our entertainment.  We stopped at the classiest looking joint on the whole strip, the Old Absinthe House.  The bar was dim-lit with art-deco crystal chandeliers that gave a warm glow to the exposed shiplap walls.  These old walls were covered with visitors business cards, there were 1000’s of them.  It was charming.

It was also romantic.

The following afternoon, we  took a detour from Magazine Street and ended up at a cemetery where Benjamin Button was filmed.  There is a long stretch of a concrete barrier, marking the  perimeter.  We didn’t know that it contained bodies until we crossed the threshold and looked back.  Kinda creepy. The cemetery was beautiful, full of monolithic , above-ground tombs with oaks lining the pathways.

After the cemetary, we went back on Magazine Street and I fell in love with this ‘painting.’  When I took this picture, Kid Rock was standing a few feet away from me-btw.  The owner of the shop told me that it was a 1940’s fabric called Chintz that stretched on a frame.  It surprised me.  The flowers looked like a painting, in person.  It really had a trompe l’oeil effect.  I am totally on the lookout for some vintage fabric like this.  It looks like an english tea-cup.  Love.Oh and this Anthropologie store display was freaking amazing.  It was made of bent wire that formed tetrahedrons, silk flowers cascaded down.  it was  so pretty and made me want to make it.The next night we skipped Bourbon St.  and headed to Frenchman St, where the locals go.  First we went to a jazz bar where we found people swing dancing.  So darling.  I have to pick up swing, it is now on my bucket list.

By 3am, we ended up at a party that was held in a vacant lot beteween two historic buildings where this image was projected.  There was a mass of people dancing  with headphones on, dancing to mystery music.   So naturally we had to go in, right?  When we received our headphones, we discovered that there were two channels, one playing high speed music, the other playing down tempo.  It was pretty silly and so much fun.  

 Good times.