Yesterday was our last full day in the great city of New Orleans.
We started out with a trip to the Audubon Park in Uptown, just across the street from Loyola and Tulane Universities. The streetcar ride was quite long, but the houses just seem to get larger and more elegant as you go along, so I was happy just to stare out the window. Originally, we had planned to jog about 3 miles in Audubon Park, but I was having some foot issues, so we decided to walk it instead. The park was beautiful. The riverside walk south of the zoo, not so much, but it was nice to log some extra walking time anyhow.
The trees were massive, old, and beautiful.
There were some murky waters.
I got too excited about the hanging moss. I could tell Jordan was worried that this three mile walk was going to take forever if my photo-snapping did not subside.
[Insert some hilarious joke about Air Jordan here]
After the walk, we then showered and I headed back to the conference for the late morning and a good chunk of the afternoon. The exhibits were winding down. I noticed that many librarians seem to be much better than I am at collecting free swag at the exhibits. I was proud of myself for securing a lanyard, a notebook, a coffee mug, and two free books for our collection (the library’s, not our personal one). But many of these people had to stop by the UPS store to ship home all of the free stuff they collected. Later I talked to another branch manager who said that she likes to collect enough swag so that she can hand it out to all of her staff at the next staff meeting. I wish I had thought of that and been able to collect enough stuff to do so!
After leaving the conference, I met up with Jordan again. We spent our evening wandering the French Quarter yet again, stopping for coffee and turtles (the pecan cluster kind) at Community Coffee.
While in the French Quarter, I had a solid “duh” moment. Of course parts of New Orleans ought to remind me of South America. The Spanish influence in New Orleans is strong. Oh, colonialism.
We were planning to eat at Napoleon House, but learned that the kitchen was closing at 5:00 because they were winding down for a summer break. We decided a barley pop might do the trick while there. It is seriously the best serving establishment (aka bar) I have ever seen. They play classical music, the servers seem like they are making careers out of it instead of simply working jobs, and the place is over 200 years old.
Since we were still in need of some food, we asked for another local, inexpensive, and tasty place to eat that was within walking distance. They recommended Coop’s Place on Decatur Street. I phoned some fellow librarians and we met up with them for supper. Jordan went traditional and tried out the Jambalaya. I had a simple pasta dish. Good though. Our night ended with a street car ride “home” to the hotel.
Unfortunately, we never worked in the ghost tour I wanted to take (nerd alert: I wish I could take a historical ghost tour in every city I visit) or the swamp tour we talked about taking. I guess this means I have still got some excuses to return. And this time, I will make sure I know who is willing to serve those vegetarian muffalettas.
P.S. we made it home in time for Pretty Little Liars!