This girl is tired! Today was a different kind of fun.
My course ran all day and I won’t lie, it was awesome. I really enjoy my work and it’s always exciting for me when I learn some new skills to apply to my job. I can’t lie, today was all about budgets and cost analysis, but it was exciting to me.
Right after we were done though I changed and headed out to explore while I still had some daylight. Today was hilarious for me because the hot topic around the table was the weather and how surprisingly cold it is today. I would just smile and nod and listen. I went out tonight in a sweater, the people on the street were in winter jackets or even walking around wrapped in blankets.
I meandered around the French Quarter for a while, listening to the street musicians and popping into the odd shop, most of them selling touristy things. New Orleans has this unique flair that I can’t quite articulate. The buildings are old, some definitely having seen better days, but they also just seem to fit. It’s got a party vibe, but also a classy side. I’m not certain how the two manage to coexist so closely.
Dinner was almost an overwhelming experience for me. I was tempted to go back and eat at my hotel. If you know me, you know that I love to research and plan. Spontaneous is hard. Fun but hard. When travelling I rely heavily on my TripAdvisor app or referral to make sure that I’m investing my time and resources towards the best possible experience. I also, as a general rule, like to eat where the locals would eat and not at a fancy inflated for tourists froufrou sort of place. Real food, real people.
I walked for a long time just absorbing the atmosphere, but when I started getting hungry I started looking for a nice place. The problem? Too many, oh so many restaurants and all of them rated well. I kept second guessing myself, and a few times aborted my plans last minute because the patrons were dressed waaay better than I, or in one case the well rated restaurant was mostly empty and that was a bit of a flag.
My quest led to a random surprise, back in the business district I came across this crowd of people standing in the park all facing this old building. I mean a lot of people, looking at nothing, so naturally I joined the crowd because apparently I’m more of a follower than I like to admit. There was also a countdown clock set at less than two minutes, so what did I have to lose?
Amazing, I had stumbled upon Luna Fete, a free nightly festival for the next few days which had a few booths but also this really awesome hourly show projected on the old building across the street. Behold:
When I stopped to look at the other end of the park, there was a laser rainbow on display, which according to the sign, is visible for 35 miles.
Oh yum! What a find. It was a pretty restaurant with some pretty great food. I settled on seafood gumbo, crab cheesecake, yes you read that right, and bananas foster for dessert. I even had some coffee with chicory to which I must confess didn’t taste a whole lot different to me.