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.
After that I was more hungry than I was obsessed with finding the perfect place to eat, and saw a flashing marquis in the distance that said: Cafe. I closed my app and went with the flow.
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.
Full and happy, I walked back to my hotel to prep for another day of work tomorrow.
1 comments on “Crab, Coffee, and Luna Fete”
Sometimes you just need to go with the flow. Tripadvisor app is good but its simply following your own way! Sometimes little gems are found while prospecting…
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