When planning our trip, we decided not to rush back home for Christmas, and do something different and spend it in New Orleans, LA. We were joined by our youngest son Matthew, and we had a great time. We went to a few places so the boys could try some of the locally brewed beer – The Bulldog, The Crescent City Brewing Co., Avenue Pub and Jax Brewery. We also had a lot of good food. We went to the famous Café de Monde for beignets which were wonderful. On Christmas Day we had the traditional sushi dinner at one of the few restaurants open in New Orleans. On our last evening, Matthew treated us to dinner at Emeril’s (as a Christmas present). It was fantastic. If you are ever in New Orleans, we definitely recommend it.
We spent Christmas Eve at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. It is a fantastic aquarium and one that has sea otters, so Leslie was very, very happy. It was difficult to drag her away from them. For those of you who know Don, sit down….he forgot the camera, which is why there are no pictures form the aquarium below. Well, actually there is one from Leslie’s phone – the one with the parakeets. She had food sticks, so she was quite popular.
Parking is expensive in New Orleans, so we went to Harrah’s (sixth picture) a couple of times Why? If you gamble for 30 minutes, you get free parking for 24 hours. The good news is not only did we get the free parking, Leslie won $195.00 on the penny slots. This is the best she has ever done. She may have to retire as a gambler.
We had an interesting Christmas morning/afternoon. We were on our way to church in Jackson Square at St. Louis Cathedral (picture 7 – taken at night) on Christmas morning, but did not make it. We were hit (in our rental car) by a car that ran a red light. Thank God we were all alright, but it was three hours before we were on our way again. Interestingly, right after the accident, the man in the back seat of the other car got out and ran, the driver slipped to the back seat and the passenger moved to the driver’s seat. We are not really sure what that was all about. Luckily, we had an eye witness, so the police officer ticketed the other driver. We ended up having to go to another church for mass, St. Joseph’s, which is the next picture.
On our last day in the Big Easy, we went to the World War II Museum which is a fabulous museum. It is ranked 14th among the top museums in the world and we could see why. It has incredible displays, several short films on key battles and WWII veterans as volunteers who tell their own story. In the evening we went to Celebration in the Oaks which is a walk-through light show in the City Park. The alligator with the reindeer antlers was our favorite.
All in all, it was a different way to spend Christmas week and we had a wonderful time.