14.04.2014 - 16.04.2014
The day I left Fort Walton Beach to head to New Orleans, there was a weather advisory of possible flooding due to heavy rain along my route. Well... 80% of the drive was free and clear, with the last 20% being the most ridiculous pour-down I've ever been through. I was SO glad I had 4WD. Go-go-gadget Honda CR-V!
Anywho, my favorite part of NOLA was the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art. By far, the most impressive sculpture garden I've strolled through. The sculptures were unique and fairly contemporary. The grounds, garden and mini-lake could have stood by themselves as a little oasis for some R&R.
The beard is made out of monkey fur.
As far as food goes... I was not a fan. I just found most of the food too salty. A exception was Willie Mae's Scotch House. The greasiest fried chicken ever... but they perfected their fried-crust.
Everyone was friendly (a continuing trend I'm finding in the South), and Bourbon Street was exactly what you'd think it to be. A 24/7 drink fest. Literally, it has bars that are open 24/7.
My fondest memory is watching a grandma puking on the road, at around six o'clock in the afternoon. GO GRANDMA! I guess she couldn't handle those Hand Grenades.
And let's not forget the New Orleans Athletic Club. This gym blew the pants off of any I've been in.