So in the two days leading up to my marathon, John and I got to sightsee areas of New Orleans with his parents. We stayed in the Garden District which we loved and ate the best food that we’ve had in awhile, especially the oysters! I can’t wait to go back to NOLA (hopefully for Jazzfest) so I can eat more (as well as hear great music). My only regrets on this whole trip were not seeing Kermit Ruffins at the Blue Nile club or not getting to hear Rockin’ Dopsie at the post-race concert, missed his set!
Anyway… here are a bunch of pics of our exploits.
A rad fountain at The Bulldog where we ate some grub.
The Louisiana cultural emblem: fleur-de-lis
The sight from our hotel's front porch.
Just one example of the beautiful flowers in the Garden District.
I can only imagine the fun parades that caused this neat display.
At the Expo, I got my gait analyzed by the Brooks Running crew! I'm a neutral.
One of my all-time favorite movie stars wearing his Claim Your Journey shirt!
At Claim Your Journey's tweet-up, I met up with @esinglet, my t-shirt twin!
Back in the Garden District, this house had fascinating ironwork. The owner must have made some corn money back in the day.
This house on Coliseum Street was used for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, one of my favorite Brad Pitt movies.
The plumpest oysters I've ever seen were at Acme Oyster House, French Quarter.
A tasty post-race treat: Abita Strawberry Lager!
Along Frenchmen Street, we ducked into the Spotted Cat Music Club and heard the Washboard Chaz trio. Always take care of the musicians and the bartender!
What a beautiful, magical city.
I do believe I’m starting my run mode again tomorrow with a leisurely 10K in Alexandria for the Red River Run and then my birthday is on Sunday so in honor of my birthday… make sure you spring your clocks one hour forward! I know, it’s a crummy birthday party favor.
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Would you ever?