We have had SO much fun moving. Really, the outlook of a military paid road trip transformed our 26 hours of driving from crazy close confinement to a gypsy wagon adventure…kinda…
We drove through the swamps of Louisiana,
Saw a LIVE TIGER!! At the tiger truck stop. (the tiger was sleeping, sorry, we tried to provoke him…)
And Michael demolished what the travel channel claims is the “world’s best fried chicken” at Willie May’s in New Orleans
Michael grew up in Chalmette, which is just east of the heart of the city and a lot closer to “real” New Orleans than he remembered as a kid! We visited his childhood home, in a neighborhood speckled with empty plots of grass where houses once stood. It’s funny how our memory reconciles with reality years later from a different perspective.
As a kid, Michael and his brother used to ride bikes to the Chalmette battlefield, ride up to the gigantic plantation home and admire its grandeur!! No wonder he’s always wanted a home with huge huge columns. We’ll see 🙂
Other great New Orleans experiences:
Bourbon street, beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde, a super quick tour of Harrah’s Casino (in which Michael made $21 at roulette) and a surprise jazz concert in the park next to our hotel!