Friday, May 02, 2014

New Orleans Trip Part 4 - Bourbon Street In The Daytime

Yep, we're still talking about my New Orleans trip! It's taking a few mores posts than I originally planned. If you missed the others, you can click here to bring up everything NOLA-related!

Due to this being such a crazy trip, I didn't get to do the traditional "go drink and do silly things on Bourbon Street!" stuff that a lot of people usually associate with New Orleans. I didn't even get to do the things that are more up my alley, like head over to Frenchman Street for some amazing live jazz and blues (and drinks.) Those are on my list for next time (yep, there's an actual list in the works), but I did at least get to see most of Bourbon in the daylight - a much more tame time of day.

The cat in the window is my favorite part of this pic. 

I didn't eat at the Clover Grill this trip due to being totally broke, but it's practically a Bourbon Street landmark. They're open 24 hours, so hopefully some day I'll be able to pop in for a 3 a.m. grilled cheese. (Wait, is there an awesome place to get gumbo nearby? Grilled cheese goes surprisingly well with gumbo.) Love the balcony overhead, too. There are some really well-decorated balconies in the French Quarter!

Just a bit further down Bourbon is a place that I made a special point of stopping by, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. If you've been around this blog for a while, you might remember my book review of "Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte at the Battle of New Orleans" (if not, it's here!). Anyway, that book gave me a bit of a soft spot for Jean Lafitte, his brother Pierre and his (most likely) brother Dominique You, so I had to go visit what was once his blacksmith shop (most likely cover for his smuggling business), which is now a bar. On one hand, this place is seriously cool - they don't use any electric lighting, so it's all candlelit. On the other hand, when I get the chance to go back and actually enjoy a drink (see aforementioned brokeness) I'll make a point of going at night when there's live music. When I stopped by in the afternoon, there was loud music blasting, but it was of the very pop-y Miley Cyrus variety and it totally killed the cool mood.

A couple of other amusing things I came across along the way...

I'm not quite sure what that's written in, and entirely sure that I want to know.

Too soon?

More New Orleans adventures to share soon!

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