We arrived in New Orleans on the Saturday afternoon which was warm and noisy... gosh yes, noisy! People are permanently in party mode in this town! We were told to eat at Deanies for the best sea food menu and turned up to find the huge restaurant filled to overflowing... undaunted we went to the front desk and waited for a free receptionist who promptly handed us this handheld device that flashed and vibrated when your table was ready... which meant we could go outside and snoop in the shop windows for a half block in any direction. We found lots of shops with the colourful Mardi Gras costumes in the windows and luckily for Chris they were closed at this time of night or I might now have a heap of those gorgeous masks that are all sparkly and pretty!!
We had a fabulous meal, the food was yummy and came in humungous portions which in normal circumstances would have fed a family of four!! In the following days I was going to understand that in the US portion size was akin to 'value for money' - whilst in my view, quality not quantity is probably the way to go... this is not to say that the quality was not there, as it was, just heaps of the stuff sitting on my plate tends to have me beat before I start eating, as I know I will be unable to do it justice.... and I did see lots of people taking their left overs home in bags.
The next morning we headed off into the French Quarter so that I could see all the beautiful iron railings on the buildings - the architecture is so French, it was fun to go along reading all the street signs.
The street performers were totally amazing...
This is me with a mime.... oh to be able to stay that still!!
Not sure what the other guy was.... but he scary!!
Chris insisted that he had to have his photo taken at this landmark.... we didn't go in for coffee because the queue was about 3 blocks long!!