New Orleans,LA

Place 84 – Day 4: New Orleans,LA – Pharmacy Museum, Gumbo & Food Trucks

Pharmacy Museum

We decided on visiting the pharmacy museum today. We heard someone mention it the voodoo museum the other day that they’d been to the pharmacy museum, so we thought we would have a look.

We got the bus to the city and then walked from there. It was warmer today, but there was a breeze which helped.

We got to the museum and when we walked in, we were instantly struck with the smell of ‘old stuff’.

We later found out that the building was occupied from the 1700s by a pharmacist and then later was taken over by another pharmacist, before it was not used for a while and then bought and restored by the local council.

There was two floors of artifacts, namely tools and medicines which were used in the 19th century.

Something interesting was that all the liquids or solids within the bottles and jars are the actual substances that they say they are. This is particularly harrowing when the majority are alcohol or narcotics based, including opium and heroine! Some are even poisons.

We toured around by ourselves for a bit and then had a guided tour by the curator for around 45 minutes.

During this time, he explained about the history, what was used, why, side effects and all kinds of gross things, but also incredibly informative and interesting.

An old soda machine, used to make medicine taste better. This is why we have soda today!


Pharmacy Museum | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 10/10


Towards the end of the tour, Curtis got incredibly warm and ended up fainting, which was dramatic for everyone around us! He was all ok though, Kim managed to catch him and he wasn’t any worse for ware. All part of the fun and games!

Cafe Beignet, Again!

We wanted a coffee and a bit of food, so we went to Cafe Beignet again, but a different one. This one was much older and had a great look about it. There was also a man singing there, which helped with the ambience.

We shared some Gumbo, which is traditional soup made with chicken, rice and sausage…absolutely delicious!

Curtis had a key lime pie and we got some coffee too.

It doesn’t look great, but tastes amazing!

Admin Time

We headed home after here, once we had a short walk around. It was too hot and we didn’t really fancy doing anything more.

We got back home in record time, catching the transport perfectly! It took us just 15 minutes or so.

We got back and both had some admin to complete, so it was good to get that done.

We ate the remainder of yesterday’s pasta and were still hungry.

Luckily, we’d been told by our host about a few food trucks which were congregating by the library, just a block away.

Food Trucks

We got to the food trucks and there were just a couple there, so nothing much to choose from.

We each got a crepe in the end. Curtis got a cinnamon one and Kim got a cookie butter one. They were actually great and from the crepe truck called Crépes á la cart

After this, we came home, chilled out and also planned what we will be doing tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

New Orleans,LA

Place 84 – Day 3: New Orleans,LA – St. Louis Cemetery, Beignets & Mardi Gras World

Coffee

First thing was first for the day…coffee! We got down to the French Quarter on the bus, where there was almost a fight between two men!

We walked for a short time and came to a coffee shop that our host had recommended. When we were just a couple of minutes away from the coffee shop, we saw 2 people rent scooters.

Unfortunately, the lady didn’t know how to ride one and, upon leaving the shop, crashed into the curb and flipped up onto the grass. It didn’t seem like she was hurt, but it had already been a dramatic and eventful day for us!

We got to the coffee shop and it looked great in there. No snacks for us with our coffee today as we had already had breakfast just before.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a caramel iced coffee. Kim’s coffee was good, but Curtis’ wasn’t too great.


Backatown Coffee Parlour | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 7.5/10


St. Louis Cemetery #2

We walked for a little bit to find the two St. Louis cemeteries.

The #1 cemetery is only accessible with a guide as it has been defaced too much, but the second is open to the public.

We entered the 2nd and it was much more interesting than the cemetery we went to previously.

There were a lot of older plots there, some people died in the early/mid 1800s. We even saw an open tomb, presumably this could no longer be used as it was falling apart.

We left here and continued on with our day, walking back towards the French Quarter.

Frenchman Street & French Market

We had read that Frenchman street was a street to visit, so we popped into there.

There wasn’t a huge amount going on and it didn’t seem to interesting, so we left and walked further down the road.

As we did so, we stumbled across the French market, which is in its own little quaint building.

We walked around here looking at the wares for sale and then continued on.

Jackson Square & Cathedral

We stopped briefly, next to the Mississippi river, to overlook Jackson square and St. Louis Cathedral. This looks like a princess castle.

Mississippi River

We admired the Mississippi river briefly, which was quite high! We saw the steamboat again and it scared us a little with its loud horn.

Cafe Beignet

We had seen about Cafe Beignet and that it was meant to be good, so we stopped in to try some beignet and a lemonade.

A beignet, to us, seems more like bread than like a doughnut, covered in powdered sugar.

Beignet…Done That!


Cafe Beignet | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8/10


The beignets were delicious, but we had no time to waste and made a plan to go somewhere, but we found something interesting on the way.

Antique Weapon Shop

We saw an antique weapon & money shop, so we had to have a brief look around. We saw all kinds of 1700-1800 weapons and money from the same era and different countries.

Mardi Gras World

We got to Mardi Gras World after a long, hot, 45 minute walk.

We got there and managed to jump in on the 16:00 tour!

We sat through a video which was good, telling us all about Mardi Gras, the company we were visiting and what they do.

A guide introduced himself and was very funny. He explained some more facts and then gave everyone a slice of ‘king’ cake, which is a traditional Mardi Gras cake, essentially just sugar.

We then had a brief tour of the warehouse, which is a working warehouse so we had to be respectful. This is where we were shown about the process, which is largely started with styrofoam and then to papiér maché followed by painting.

Step 1 – Made In Styrofoam

Step 2 – Papiér Maché

Step 3 – Paint

We then got to the floats themselves. We were told all about them as well as some official rules and laws regarding Mardi Gras.

The final area was regarding the new $2m robot they had recently purchased. There are only about 10 artists working at the warehouse, so they are very busy, but they got a robot to help with the external client work they complete. The robot does all the cutting for them!


Mardi Gras World | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8.5/10


We got to stay in the warehouse after the guide had gone, so we wandered around and saw a lot of incredible things.

Home & Dinner

We got a free shuttle down to where our tram stop was and the tram arrived at the perfect time, so we got on that.

We sat on it for a while and then got off a stop prior to our usual so we could get some dinner.

We bought a meatball marinara pasta from Whole Foods and then went to the bus stop.

The bus arrived shortly after and we got home nice and safely.

We had our food and then chilled out, along with getting an earlier night than we have been.

We’ve had busy, long days, but New Orleans has been fun so far.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale