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

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

Place 84 – Day 2: New Orleans,LA – WWII Museum, Lafayette Cemetery & Magazine Street

Video Chat

We woke up feeling really good and refreshed!

We had breakfast and got ready for the day and then had a quick video chat.

We had to speak with someone we are looking to briefly live with in another location, just to show we are who we say we are and so on.

We had a good chat and seems it was successful, so we should be heading there soon!

WWII Museum

There isn’t much to say about this, other than the fact we took the bus to the WWII museum. This museum is the #2 thing to do in the whole of the US according to TripAdvisor, so we had to take a look.

The museum wasn’t that big and we did get student tickets which saved us a little money.

It was an alright museum, but not as amazing as the reviews had said.

French Coffee

We really fancied some French coffee and pastries.

We walked 6 minutes to a highly touted French cafe called French Truck Coffee.

The coffee was excellent and the foid was too. Curtis got a big croissant and Kim had a muffin.


French Truck Coffee | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 10/10


Lafayette Cemetery

We got to one of the famous cemeteries in New Orleans just 15 minutes before it was closing.

We were given a brief tour by a lady there who has been giving tours for 20 years.

We were shown around briefly and told about how the group tombs work, which is a fascinating process actually.

Magazine St

We walked down magazine street a little more, which is a street most known for shopping but it also has a lot of beautiful buildings and eateries.

One Of The Many Beautiful Houses

Dinner

We got a tram to the French Quarter and found ourselves some food.

We came across a place called Bombay Club which sounded and looked very fancy but had good prices.

Curtis got a steak and Kim got what they called Hunter’s chicken.

Our food was pretty good actually!

We ended with a brownie to share which was delicious also. Overall a successful dinner and a long day!


Bombay Club | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8.5/10


Home Time

We took a tram followed by a bus to get home and we were exhausted! The weather was much better today so was little warmer than expected.

We booked something for later and this week and then watched some TV.

We finished the night with some admin and then bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 84 – Day 1: New Orleans,LA 🇺🇸 – Voodoo Museum, Bourbon St, Louis Armstrong Park & Po-Boys

Flight

We had a flight at 07:35, so it was an early start.

We got to the airport around 05:30, checked our bags and headed right to the gate.

We got a little bored so we walked around and Curtis got a coffee.

Soon enough, we boarded the plane (which was to New Orleans, Kansas & Chicago!) And managed to get seats together.

The flight was just 1 hour 36 minutes and then we were in New Orleans!

Breakfast

The weather was terrible for our arrival! We got dropped at our Airbnb but couldn’t check in yet. We left our bags and walked to a bakery for breakfast.

We found Laurel Street Bakery which is fairly close to us. We were very hungry, so ordered a lot of food. We were tired too, so got a big coffee each.


Laurel Street Bakery | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8/10


Curtis had scrambled eggs, toast and bacon with fruit whilst Kim also had fruit but with french toast and bacon.

The food was pretty good and the coffee was perfect!

Bus Ticket Adventure

We decided we would get a bus ticket for 5 days, so we had to first pay for a single bus ticket ($1.25 each) and get about 10 minutes down the street to a ticket machine. Unfortunately, as we stepped off the bus, the rain came down and we got drenched!

It then turned out we needed exact cash for the machine and our card didn’t work in the machine, so we went to McDonald’s to get change. They said they wouldn’t be able to change it, so we had to go to the gas station next door who gladly changed it for us.

We got our tickets and were able to travel, but by this point we were drenched, it was still raining and we were very tired. Luckily, our room was ready so we went back to the Airbnb to shower and change out of our wet clothes.

Once this was done, Curtis fell asleep for a couple of hours and Kim did some admin. By the time Curtis awoke, it had stopped raining and the weather had cleared up.

Very Kind Host

We went out to the bus stop just by our house and as we were waiting, our Airbnb host arrived back home and offered us a lift down to the French Quarter, which was very nice of her to do!

We had a plan to go to the voodoo museum, so we walked that way, accidentally coming into contact with the famous Bourbon Street, which was fun.

Voodoo Museum

The voodoo museum was just $5 each and pretty small, but it had tid bits of information around the place, real artifacts from the history of voodoo and a lot of interesting things. We spent much longer than anticipated in there, considering it was just 2 rooms.


Voodoo Museum | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 7/10


Louis Armstrong Park

We briefly visited the Louis Armstrong park, which seemed to just be full of abandoned buildings. That being said, the buildings were cool and the main one an old auditorium.

We walked all around the park and saw some cool buildings and even cooler bridges.

Po-Boys

We got hungry so it was food time.

Our host had told us about Po-Boys which are a traditional Louisiana sandwich, so we found the place she recommended which was called Mahony’s.

Curtis had the traditional fried shrimp sandwich and Kim had an angus beef sandwich.

They were pretty good, but the beef was much better than the shrimp.

We got a cocktail each too with Curtis getting an old fashioned and Kim having a coconut mojito.


Mahony’s | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8/10


Bourbon Street

We went for a drink on Bourbon street, after finding the cheapest place we could.

We also wandered around to see what was there and also watched a group of children playing the drums. The atmosphere was pretty good but we were also very tired.

Canal

We walked down to the canal for a quick look and saw that they have a steamboat that goes from there, which was awesome to watch!

*Ugh*, Public Transport

We were almost asleep by this point, so went to take the tram and then bus home.

We waited for the tram for a while and nothing showed…we ended up waiting way too long but finally got on the tram in the right direction.

We then waited 10 minutes for a bus to take us home and once got back we were pretty done.

We watched a bit of TV, did some more admin and went to bed.

Long, long day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 83 – Day 2: Fort Lauderdale,FL – Bugs, Bagels & Long Shot

Bugs!

Curtis had another interview at 12:00 today, so we slept in until 11:00.

When we woke up, all was well, until Curtis went for shower! Once he got out of the shower and sat on the bed, he noticed a flying ant on himself. He flicked it off and shortly after felt one, but on the other side of himself..when he flicked this one off of him, he noticed that the bed bad a few on…after standing up, he noticed the bed was covered in the flies and then this is when he got Kim to show her.

When Kim came in and was shocked to see them, she looked around and was even more shocked than before…they had burrowed themselves in via a hole in the wall above a door connecting us to another room and there must have been hundreds!

We called the person we are renting from and they said they were going to send cleaners over in an hour to resolve, so we sat outside the front with the door open, hoping they would all fly out.

We couldn’t go anywhere until Curtis did his interview, which, after finding another method due to the phone playing up again, didn’t last too long but seemed very promising.

Bagels

We left before housekeeping did to get some breakfast and then watch something at the cinema. The weather was quite nice all morning, but was due to storm so we couldn’t really be bothered to go anywhere.

We found a bagel shop near by the cinema and got a bagel each. It wasn’t great but did the job.

Long Shot

We watched the film Long Shot at the cinema. The film was quite good, actually, but we didn’t really know what to expect anyway.

The cinema screen was quite small and there were few seats, but it was a ‘dine in’ cinema, so you get fancy, fully reclining leather armchairs with a tray that pulls across them so you can order food and drinks to your seat, which was far too expensive so we didn’t do that.


Long Shot

Rating:- 7/10


Rain

It did begin to rain when we left the cinema.

We went to the supermarket to see if there was anything we wanted for dinner, but there was nothing, so we left and walked back, which in total took about 45 minutes.

We got back just it started to thunderstorm again.

Pizza

We ordered pizza from Domino’s and sat and watched TV. That is pretty much the end of Fort Lauderdale for us, but we didn’t really plan to do too much here as we are mostly using it for a base to fly from.

We are going to be flying early tomorrow, so up nice and early, so we’re just making sure everything is packed and getting some sleep.

The next place should be awesome, though possibly stormy again!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 83 – Day 1: Fort Lauderdale,FL 🇺🇸 – Fancy Train & Thunderstorms

Breakfast

We needed to have some breakfast, so we got packed and then walked just down the road to an Argentine cafe in which Curtis got an almond croissant and a chocolate croissant whilst Kim got a ham and cheese bagel. We each got a cappucino too, but that wasn’t great.


Close Bistro & Cafe | Miami,FL

Rating:- 6/10


Fancy Train

We decided to take the train to Fort Lauderdale instead of a bus as it was quicker and bit nicer…

We got to the station, which looked excellent, got our tickets and checked our bag in.

We waited in the really nice waiting area and then around 30 minutes later we boarded the train.

All seats are assigned and we got the accessible seats so we had insane leg room!

We were only on the train for 30 minutes but the train was very comfy, quiet, fast and pretty cheap. We quite enjoyed it.

Freebee

We got our of the station after collecting our bag and were going to take an Uber to our apartment. Instead, were offered a ride in a ‘freebee’. This is a new trial being ran which is a good sized electric vehicle which takes people around the city free.

Unfortunately, our apartment was out of the zone they are currently operating in, but there was an insane amount of rain so the driver was kind enough to drop us right at our apartment!

The Apartment

Our apartment is within another building, but we have our own bathroom and cupboard and it’s good enough.

Unfortunately, as we arrived, a thunderstorm started and so we were pretty much house bound, which was good because we were also feeling very lazy.

Uber Eats

We were so lazy, and fearing the storm, that we ordered Uber Eats instead of going out. We had a free delivery deal anyway, so might as well use it!

We got some Japanese food which was, again, adequate. Nothing to write home about (literally) but not bad.

Braving The Storm

We wanted some snacks and provisions, so we braved the storm and walked down to the supermarket. We managed to get a bit of the lightning flashing on camera, but we did see some actual lightning bolts!

We came back and just watched TV. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t meant to be good tomorrow either, so we’ll just have to sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 82 – Day 5: Miami,FL – Little Havana, Wynwood Wall & 800th Blog Day!

Little Havana

We wanted a Cuban coffee & Cuban sandwich today, so we went on the hunt for one in Little Havana.We first had to get there, which meant we had to first take the free ‘metromover’ which is a monorail system, and then we had to go from there to a bus.

We weren’t sure if we were able to get on a bus as we didn’t have the correct pass for it, so instead we decided we’d scooter there.

We started on the scooters but then way we needed to go doesn’t allow the scooters to work, so we had to leave them and find a bus stop. The bus stop wasn’t close and once we got there it was a proper station so we could by a day pass for $5.50 each (plus $2.25 each for the card itself).

We waited for a while for the bus…and waited…and waited…it never showed! We had to wait for a while more until eventually a bus arrived and we sat on that for a bit to get to little Havana.

Our plan was to get the coffee and the sandwich in the same place, but the place we found for coffee didn’t make sandwiches. That being said, we couldn’t pass up the coffee place as it specialises in Cuban coffee & had over 22 different versions.

The wonderful man described each of their main Cuban coffees to us and then we chose – Curtis had the most traditional, which was Cuban coffee with coffee liquor in it and Kim had the ‘tres leches’ coffee, which was milk, cream, whipped cream and coffee.

Both coffees were amazing and the service was also perfect.


House of Cuban Coffee| Miami,FL

Rating:- 10/10


We finished this and asked for a recommendation where we can get a good Cuban sandwich. We were told the pub down the road would be best, so we walked down there to find us a sandwich!

We asked for a traditional Cuban sandwich to share and it did not disappoint. Essentially, it is just ham, cheese & pork with mustard in a panini style bread, but it was incredible. We thought it was great, to be honest!


El Pub | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10


Wynwood Walls

We made our way from Little Havana to Wynwood on the bus, which took a bit longer then we planned due to missing the first bus!

We got to Wynwood and did the typical touristy thing there which was to visit the Wynwood walls.

This area in general is the arts area and there is a separate section which is filled with full wall murals/paintings.

This area is free to the public and there is even a few internal exhibits which are also free. This part had a room with chandeliers and carpet from the Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

We walked around here for a bit and then discussed with our friend where we would meet her for dinner.

Once we organised this, we walked across the street and got a $6 mojito each to kill some time.

Mojitos!

Curtis got a ginger mojito and Kim had a standard mojito.

Kim was also able to charge her phone here, which helped as she had just a little bit of power left. These were very good mojitos, which we were not expecting.


Miami Mojito Company | Miami, FL

Rating:- 8/10


Fancy Grilled Cheese

We got on a bus, eventually, for a 15-20 minute journey to northern Miami where we were meeting a friend.

We got to the grilled cheese place where we were meeting her and she arrived shortly after.

We were meeting with Lucie, whom we met in Portland at our hostel! She lives in Florida so we had to see her whilst here.

Curtis got a pesto, tomato & cheese sandwich and Kim got a BBQ pulled pork one. We also shared some (not very nice) cheese fries.

We chatted with Lucie for a few hours, about a whole host of things, such as where our favourite place in the US has been so far and a few other things.


Ms. Cheezious | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10


We were out with Lucie for a while and then we headed off to catch the bus about 21:00.

We weren’t sure if the bus would arrive, but luckily it did and we got back to the apartment for 21:30.

Kim did a bit of research that we need to do for our next home…and then we did some laundry preparing to move to another (brief) place tomorrow.

800 Days!

Today, we hit 800 straight days of blog posts…800!

What an insane number…that you to everyone that reads it each day. Without getting at least some people reading each day, we wouldn’t have continued writing this and our travels wouldn’t be as documented as they are today.

Thank you.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale