New Orleans - Day 2

by Kevin October. 14, 2008 2254 views

You have no idea how hard it was to find a post office!

On the St. Charles Streetcar.

St. Charles Streetcar.

St. Charles Streetcar.

St. Charles Streetcar.

St. Charles Streetcar.

A huge house on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District.

The St. Clare's Monastery

The St. Clare's Monastery

The St. Clare's Monastery

The St. Clare's Monastery. Frommer's suggested to go here for some great souvenirs. It was well worth the trek! Sister Marie's pralines (PRAW-lines) are out of this world!

Steph taking a breather in Audubon Park

As you might expect in Audubon Park, there were a ton of birds.

Audubon Park

The Camellia Grill opened in 1946. Despite suffering little physical damage, the restaurant was closed after Hurricane Katrina until April 2007, when it reopened under new ownership. During this period of closure, the Camellia Grill's front door was festooned with hundreds of notes from locals and tourists who missed it.

The restaurant only offers counter service and its staff is usually gregarious. It is well-known for its long-serving waiters, the most famous of whom was probably Harry Tervalon, Sr., who was the first waiter hired in 1946, and who even after his 1996 retirement remained associated with the restaurant (including cutting the ribbon when the Grill finally reopened after Katrina), until his death in August 2007. The establishment is noted for such casual cuisine as giant omelettes, cheeseburgers, “freezes”, and pecan pie heated on the grill.

These plants looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!

Anne Rice's house in the Garden District

Anne Rice's house in the Garden District (apparently not for long, as it is for sale…)

Anne Rice's house in the Garden District

MMMMM!!!!! Crawfish Étouffée and oysters.

St. Anthony's Garden behind St. Louis Cathedral

Gotta love beignets at midnight!

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