This is our last day in New Orleans, we leave tomorrow for Alabama. What to do on our last day? Our answer to this question was really answered by a TV program we had seen yesterday when the news was over before our dinner and we watched a program about City Park, its history, its attractions and its beauty. We thought a beignet at Morning Call and then a walk around the park would be great and leave us time to do anything we needed to do on the RV to get ready for moving.
Since we had spent several days in a shop for some work on one of our leveling jacks and on our heat pump and we were in the middle of the Great Dry ice Adventure, we knew we were a bit behind. We had actually spent 3 of our 14 days in New Orleans on some problems: one when Gary worked on the heat pump to find out exactly what the problem was, one day when we drove to the service center to get them to look at the problems and order what parts they needed to order and one day actually getting the problems fixed. Gary was spot on with his analysis of the problem and the heat pump was easy to fix but the leveling jack had to be ordered and it took about 3 hours to put it in.
But that is all behind us and it’s time to enjoy the New Orleans and no place better than City Park.
We parked, walked to Morning Call and sat down. An older woman came to wait on us, took our order and, when she returned with it, told us it was $15.00. Hmmm. $15.00 for 2 orders of beignets which the menu said were $2.00 each and $8.00 for 2 coffees (terribly expensive). Doesn’t that = $12.00? We asked her to verify the price. Yes, she was caught and changed the price. My, and she called me ‘hon’. Funny, she looked like a nice little old lady not a trickster con man. Where’s that Trojan Horse?
But it was nice to sip our coffee and nibble on our beignets while we watched all the other groups and couples having theirs. We then walked around the park. Beautiful park and it was so ruined by Katrina that people thought it might never regain its former glory. But, because it was such a symbol of New Orleans and so many families had grown up visiting the park, they all worked to bring it back. And, their hard work showed.
Every tourist has to have their picture taken by the Lions at the Peristyle built for dances in 1907.
We strolled through the vast sculpture garden.
As we were finishing up with our walk, we heard band music off in the distance. We sauntered towards it and found that it was a college band practicing for a big football game on Sunday called the Bayou Classic against Grambling and Southern University. Nothing better than a big band and Southern, which was the band we heard, is big. We marched over to the stadium where they were practicing, ran up the bleachers and sat in the middle for the big show. It was so much fun. We really enjoyed it.
Then home to finish laundry, clean up and get read to move.