A Little Bit More Sightseeing
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We decided to have the brunch in the hotel restaurant this morning. Apparently we didn't learn our lesson from dinner Friday night. Once again the restaurant was understaffed. We were smart to choose the buffet; I hate to think how long it would've taken to actually have food brought from the kitchen especially when the waitress told us things were moving slow.
After breakfast we cleared out of the rooms and left our suitcases at the front desk since our flight was not until later. Then we walked (I somewhat hobbled) down into the tourist area to take a horse-drawn carriage tour. This is not the cheapest way to see New Orleans, but it was fun and with my sore foot I was more than willing to pay up.
Our driver was friendly and pointed out sites through the French Quarter. I loved looking at the different houses and businesses. When we got to the cemetery (first one in the city), there was a small line-up of other buggies so our driver sent us in with another tour group. He led us past the oven vaults (interesting story of how they dealt with the dead in those days) and the voodoo queen's possible gravesite (blanking on her name). We stopped by a pyramid-shaped tomb that belongs to Nicolas Cage and then by a large memorial. At this point our guide told us we had a few minutes to wander on our own but not to really go to the back (he didn't exactly say why but we think it was for safety reasons). Of course our group doesn't take "don't" for an answer, so we roamed back that direction.
The tour ended near the river and we walked along the water for a little bit, just taking it easy. We settled on the steps to watch a group of four street performers performing some amazing, crazy acrobatics. One guy walked down the steps on his hands after balancing on the railing. Another guy flipped over a row of audience volunteers (including Kim from our group).
After the show we walked across the square and stepped into the Cathedral for a few minutes. It is a beautiful, light building on the inside.
Lunch was at a small grill that our driver had touted as the best burger in New Orleans. We disagreed.
We got to the airport and through security without issues. We had plenty of time to wait for our plane. Several of us, myself included, had ice cream to pass the time.