Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!

Since today is Mardi Gras, I thought this was a good occasion to dust off a few photos from the New Orleans trip I took with my book club in November 2007.

We started our weekend getting our palms read by Otis. Otis was a very smart man. He knew we were all talented, creative, and loving. I have to admit, though, he was pretty uncanny on some of his readings.

With the help of one of my husband’s many family members in town, we were able to get a great rate for a small block of rooms at the Maison Dupuy.


We ate breakfast here every morning:

Where else but in New Orleans could you buy hot dogs with the choice of eight hot sauces?

With Mardi Gras over three months away, there are still lots of beads:


costumes:


music:





and drink:

Now multiply this by a ten thousand and you will come close to understanding how crazy it must have there been today.

11 comments:

Rebekah said...

Oh, I love, love, love this! I have spent some yummy days and nights in that city - not during Mardi Gras, though. I can't imagine how electric it got today! Thank you for the wonderful pictures! And you are right, some of those palm readers are spooky close to the truth sometimes.

Relyn said...

I want to be in your book club. WOW!! How wonderful your trip looks. I especially love the 8 kinds of hot sauce and the ballet dancing clown. As you said, where else?

ParisParfait said...

A book club that travels together? Sounds great! How I love New Orleans - your pictures capture the colorful flavor of the city.

Ruth said...

I get such a feel for the city here!

Is one of the palmy ladies you?

dutchbaby said...

Dear Rebekah,
New Orleans is a fantastic city. It's so nice that they had a very successful mardi gras this year. I once was there one week prior to mardi gras once and that was crazy enough for my taste.

Dear Relyn,
My book club rocks! NOLA was our first trip together and last year we went all the way to San Francisco. We are planning this autumn's trip now.

Dear ParisParfait,
My son makes fun of my book club because he says that we never discuss the books and we don't deserve to call ourselves a book club but should call ourselves a food club. When I told the book club about it, one of us said, "I thought we were a therapy club." Now that we travel together, we are officially the Book Food Therapy and Travel Club.

dutchbaby said...

Dear Ruth,
Nope ;)

My Castle in Spain said...

Like Tara, I envy your book club ! this is such a great idea to travel together...
i wonder how do you chose the books you're going to read in the club..
When I was in the States i always regretted never to have been to New Orleans
Lucky you !

dutchbaby said...

Dear Castle,
We take turns hosting our monthly book club dinners. The hostess chooses the next book. Maybe you can visit New Orleans next time you come.

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

I'd love to be part of a book club that travels together... what a fantastic idea..!
How I love New Orleans even though I've never been - my parents knew the place well and my father had so many pictures and vivid memories that he shared with us throughout our childhood; it's always felt like I knew the place...
Thanks for sharing..:)

Sloane said...

That little polka dotted dog is so, so cute. Did you get to pet it? I think that I would like to have a dog like that, because he or she is so cute. I wish you could adopt it. What would you name it if you could? ~ Sloane, Relyn's daughter

dutchbaby said...

Dear Here, There...
I love being a part of my book club. I hope you will have a chance to visit NOLA one day.

Dear Sloane,
I did get to pet the dog. At first, I thought the dog was dyed to look like that, but when I pet her, I realized she they shaved her. I might name her Lucy, because Lucille Ball often wore polka dots on "I Love Lucy". That was a great question!

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