Sunday, August 8, 2010

" Taking It Easy In The Big Easy"

Some of you might recall that we received a gift certificate @ Christmas for a stay in this New Orleans Bed & Breakfast..............

Friday was Eric's 65 th B'Day so we went down to New Orleans on Thursday to celebrate........


Located on Pyrtania Street in the Historic Garden District the mansion was built in 1858

We enjoyed our morning coffee on the lovely front porch.......


This is the entry hall.............


The Dining Room.............



The Front Parlor..............which would have been the Ladies Parlor...........



The Chandeliers and Crown Molding are simply gorgeous..............



This entry hall is probably 50 feet long.............





This is the front end of the ladies parlor............




The furniture in this mansion is just exquisite.............notice the Lion Heads on the chair arms



I was amazed by the crown molding throughout this place.............




This column molding divides the front and middle parlors.............





Ladies Parlor Chandelier...............




I would love to have this piece at the foot of my bed...............



We had booked this room which is called The Moulin Rouge Suite and is on the 2nd floor...

However.........after seeing the staircase to the second floor which I kid you not looked like it went strait up 30 feet, we opted for a 1st floor room.......





We had already decided these front steps were more than enough climbing for us..........

We DO NOT do stairs as well as we once did.........HA!




So we stayed in the 1st floor Napoleon Room.............




I love this armoire.......... Now this B&B is reported to be haunted, I'm not sure just what has been seen or heard, but Eric thinks he heard a ghost! He says that in the wee hours of Friday morning he was awakened by heavy footsteps walking back and forth overhead. He said a few minutes later the footsteps came down the entry hall by our room heading for the front door.

They did not go out the door nor return back down the hall past our room to the stairs at the back of the hall. I slept through it! :)



On Thursday evening we had some of the best food we've ever eaten @ this very famous eatery on S. Carrollton in Uptown...........




They are well known for their amazing Po Boys..........

This a Shrimp and Fried Green Tomato Po Boy.....

Eric had a 12 inch Po Boy( half shrimp/half oyster) and I had the dinner special which was grilled Mahi Mahi on a bed of real mashed potatoes, topped with a creole crab sauce and a bouquet of grilled Asparagus.......

It was "oh my God" wonderful!





You can't visit New Orleans without a stop @ the Cafe DuMonde in the French Quarter....

This is a fantastic street entertainer............





Coffee and beignets for breakfast...........

Our daughter-in-law met us there and gave Eric an autographed copy of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees new book "Coming Back Stronger". He has nearly finished it and says it is awesome!!



We then shopped at the French Market and took a stroll thru the French Quarter.........
This a typical French Quarter Residence............





These Morning Glory's were gorgeous on this fence..............



Another eye catching French Quarter house............




We had the famous Central Grocery Muffalattas for lunch..............
I bought 2 quarts of their Olive Salad so I can make them @ home...........
We had a wonderful time but it was Hot & Humid so we'll wait till it cools before going back for more of that great food @ Ye Ole College Inn! :)


Now, let me congratulate my son-in-law Randy Hogin for winning the popular vote and being elected to County Commissioner 12th District of Dickson County Tennessee on Thursday!
Good job Commissioner Hogin !!


Here @ home on the farm, my hard work keeps paying off too! This is my Glory Bower which has it's first bloom....
It will have to be moved in the fall though as it grows huge and will need more room!


And..........my Hollyhocks are looking prettier everyday.............



The one about to bloom on the right looks like it will be red..........


HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!
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18 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

I enjoyed my stroll through the French Quarter! Thanks for taking us along!

Journaling Woman said...

That looked like the most fun. Beautiful place.

lakeviewer said...

Good to see you had a grand time in NO. I can understand how you enjoyed that gorgeous B&B. I can hear the musicians by Cafe DuMonde. Pass the beignets,please.

Kat said...

Loved the B&B photos and stories. You garden looks lovely too.

Pseudo said...

I have never been to New Orleans and this post made me crave a trip there. Of course I want to stay at that beautiful B&B. Thank-you for sharing your trip.

BTW, this would be a great post to link up on my traveling Thursdays Mr. Linky next week.....

Marguerite said...

Wow, Carol, what a great time ya'll had in N.O.! The B. and B. is absolutely gorgeous and all the food looks and sounds incredible! I love Central Grocery's Muffs. Now, you have made me want to get in my car and go there! A belated Happy Birthday to Eric and congrats to your son-in-law! Cheers, cher!

Pat in east TN said...

Love the big smiles you and Eric have ... perhaps a week end getaway was just what you needed!

Arkansas Patti said...

A belated Happy Birthday to Eric.
What a wonderful gift you received to that amazing B&B. That is truly a mansion and very regal looking, not what I was expecting.
You make New Orleans so appealing looking. Next trip to Florida, I must go that way.
Congrats to the new politician in the family.

NitWit1 said...

THanks for stirring my memories of New Orleans.! Many years ago I visited it both as single adult and with my husband for a seminar.

I loved it city and to this day have paintings I bought in the French Quarter...Don't think any of them are of artists who later became famous. But then I can't read most of the signatures.!

Gaston Studio said...

Am green with envy at you guys staying at that gorgeous B&B! I'd have slept thru the ghostly footsteps too!

Mary Lee said...

You go to the most beautiful places! One time you're going to be driving to New Orleans and find me in the back seat.

When you figure out that olive salad recipe, do post it!

I love the Tennessee Williams links you put on Facebook.

My hollyhocks have already come and gone. I should say my "hollyhock." Yours are lovely!

Don't overdo. It's too HOT!

Becca's Dirt said...

Wow. I love New Orleans and that beautiful B&B. I would have chosen the same thing to eat. I love grilled or blackened Mahi Mahi. I'm drooling over the beignet. Yummy.

Deb Shucka said...

I feel like I've had a bit of a vacation just reading this. Love the pictures.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Carol ~ Everything looks so beautiful , enjoyed reading about and seeing the photos from your trip. Glad you had a goodtime!

~ Many Blessings ~

Elenka said...

Wow, and I mean, Wow.
I've never been to New Orleans, I'd like to visit sometime.

Nezzy said...

What a magnificent Bed and Breakfast and haunted too! I loved seein' the French Quarters again. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Here's a big old shout out to your handsome SIL...CONGRATULATIONS!!!

God bless ya and have an incredible day girl!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Carol, So glad you finally got to go on your trip to New Orleans. That is a fabulous picture of the two of you... Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby.

I used to live on Prytania Street ---but not near where you all stayed... We were on down farther --in the 'normal homes' area!!!! ha.... I've been to all of those eating places you talked about. Glad the po-boy place is still there... Those are the BEST.

Glad New Orleans seems to be 'coming back'.... Can you see alot of difference since before Katrina? Hopefully, it will come back better.

My oldest son and family were uprooted from Galveston, TX a couple of years ago due to Hurricane Ike. They spent a couple of years in Las Vegas---but are now back in Galveston. He says that Galveston is coming back really good also.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Hello my friend!
What a grand place this is. Just yesterday I was online looking up B&B's in N.O. because I'm needing a fix. I think I will wait until it cools off, but see how great minds think alike? I could do with a muffaletta and some beignets right now. I love it! Glad our town is still swinging.
Catherine xx