Picking up where I left from Biloxi, Miss., we headed to New Orleans for a Friday night on the town. I had been to New Orleans several times before, so knew the general location we wanted, but New Orleans hotels are tricky. They may look good online, but usually have really small rooms, are old, tired, etc., unless you’re willing to spend a lot. I went for a mid-grade with The Iberville Suites, http://www.ibervillesuites.com/ which backs up to the Ritz Carlton and is just a few blocks from Bourbon Street and in the French Quarter. The valet service and friendly greeting staff was nice and the main floor lobby and breakfast area is tastefully appointed. Our suite was on the tired side with no view, but it did have a separate living room so it was okay for one night.
So far of all my visits, the Staybridge Suites on Poydras and Tchoupitoulas, just a block across from the French Quarter in the Business District, has been the nicest for the money.
I have to say, one night was plenty, thanks to my Hurricane at Pat O’Briens! It was Friday night and it was fun to listen to the great music on Bourbon Street and eat some tasty cuisine. I had been several times before, so had taken in all the usual sites. I did not take my camera along, so no pictures for the New Orleans this time.
The next morning, with aching heads, we headed west into Cajun country for the “rescue” part of our trip. Through my Middle Tennessee Corgi Rescue Group Facebook friend, I learned about a young Corgi-mix dog that was in a kill shelter west of New Orleans that needed saving. So being Corgi softies, we decided to incorporate the rescue into our trip and see some new territory.
It was neat to see the sugar cane farms and bayou along the way, and we pulled into New Iberia that afternoon. I’m a fan of James Lee Burke, bestselling author, www.jamesleeburke.com/ and was interested to see the landscape firsthand after reading about New Iberia all these years in his books.
I was thrilled to spy signs for an art & craft show downtown at the Shadows-on-the-Teche Antebellum Home as we pulled into town! We checked into the Candlewood Suites, a hotel group that caters to long-term stays. They get lots of business from the oil rig workers in the Gulf, and it was reasonable and roomy. I left Wally napping and headed downtown to check out the craft fair.
They had tons of wonderful things, but I limited myself to a metal crane cutout for our pond and some Cajun spices. I then made a quick trip over to Avery Island, where they make Tabasco sauce and visited their wildlife park, Jungle Garden. http://www.tabasco.com/avery-island/
By the time I got back to the Candlewood Suites, Wally was stirring and we were both starved, so we decided to try the local Saturday night favorite just up the highway. When we walked into Landry’s Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse, a family-owned restaurant, the Cajun band was tuning up to start playing for the night. We had arrived for their “Grand Buffet” Saturday night feast and we dove in with a gusto! We LOVED the Cajun accents of all the locals and everyone was so friendly! The music was great and after stuffing ourselves, I was done for the night! www.landryscajunrestaurant.com/
The next morning we headed up to Scott, Louisiana to pick up “Joe”. We breakfasted on beignets and café au lait at a charming railroad depot coffee shop, Depot Cafe on the way, and I sadly peered into an awesome-looking antique shop that was closed next door. http://www.thecoffeedepot.biz
We then met up with the rescue coordinator to pick up Joe. Our rescue pup immediately took to Wally – he was so thin and pitiful. We got him home and after a few weeks his personality began to emerge as he got healthier. We renamed him “Lou” for Louisiana as “Joe” and “No” sound too much alike. He has fattened up and learned some manners and now is a part of our family.