We entered the beautiful cathedral and it is really something to see it reminded me of the old churches in England. We took a minute and sat in the pews to take advantage of the chance to sit (after all our walking) and the delicious air conditioning. I saw that there was a place to light a candle, isn't this common with most Catholic churches? I told Karen I wanted to light a candle and asked her how much she thought the required donation would be. (she's Catholic she should know this right?) She said a dollar, so we headed up to the candle lighting dollar in hand. Well, the suggested donation was $3 go figure. So Karen laughed and said just put your dollar in and light the candle it's not like they are going to arrest you. So I did. After I lit the candle there was a shelf type thing that you laid the lighting stick on so I laid my stick on it. I looked over at Karen so we could proceed back to our seats. Karen's head was bowed in what I assumed to be prayer, remember she's Catholic so I thought maybe she felt compelled. After a few seconds I said "are you all right?" She said "yes, I am just watching your lighting stick, when you put it with the others it ignited them and they all started to burn I wanted to make sure they all went back out." I looked over and sure enough they were all burning but luckily were starting to die out. Cheating the Cathedral out of $2 you might get away with but burning it down, not so much!
We ate at the most fantastic restaurants. Dave decided he is now a huge gumbo fan and I am in love with anything muffaletta. Who would of thought something as simple as a burger and baked potato could be so good but OMG "Port of Call" was amazing. Biscuits and gravy old school right? Um, unless you are eating it at "Oceana" then it's like heaven on earth. We visited Oak Alley Plantation and it was gorgeous, a real walk back in time. How amazing would it have been to live in that beautiful home and sip mint julips on the veranda back in the 1800's. We ate lunch in the plantation restaurant and I had the best pecan pie I've ever tasted. Notice a pattern here? New Orleans is all about the food. LOL
What a fantastic time and I could never thank Karen and Mitch enough for inviting us to join them at one of the most famous places in the U.S.
|Karen and I at Pat O'Briens.|
|Street view of Jackson Square you can see the cathedral in the background.|
|Outside Cafe Du Monde waiting for our beignets.|
|In the Quarter there are balconies everywhere totally covered by beautiful flower arrangements and ferns. Just like in the movies.|
|Dave and I at the "Cat's Meow"|
|In front of Oak Alley Plantation.|