Note: This story (blog) is about the trip to Italy and Malta by four persons, listed by the date he/she joined the group:
- Pentti (Pete) Grant (that's me),
- Lynda Edris, my wife,
- Barbara (Bobbi) Anders, Lynda's younger sister,
- David (Dave) Anders, Bobbi's husband.
Our trip began at 4am on Friday morning, April 5th. A shuttle picked us up and drove us to Orlando international airport where we caught a flight to New Orleans. There we joined forces with Barbara (Bobbi) who had flown here from Indiana.
After checking into our hotel, we took a self-guided (the guide being Bobbi) tour through the French Quarter, including the Bourbon Street. On the way there we stopped a number of times to snap photos,such as the ones below
Our hotel in New Orleans was The Hampton Inn.
Bobbi had read about a New Orleans specialty called 'Beignet', so one of the first things to do was to stop by at the nearest bakery.
|We had bought a Triple Treat and soon Bobbi was totally engrossed in eating her beignet - didn't even notice a photo was being taken.|
The day had started windy and cool, and the situation continued until about 3PM when the sun started to peek out now and then throug holes in the clouds.
Bobbi had found a pre-cruise party hosted by a group of friends she had come into contact with while searching Cruise Critic for info.
There is an interesting story about this place. It was originally located a few blocks away under the name Cafe Lafitte and had a large portion of its customers gay. In the 1930's the owner died and the ownership of the bar was transferred to his inheritors. When they found out that most of their customers were gay or lesbian, they kicked all concerned out and the gay community moved to a new bar named Cafe Lafitte In Exile.
We arrived at the Cafe Lafitte about 4PM and decided to grab us a table on the balcony for the purpose of -- can you guess? -- a glass or two or three of wine. I thought it would be wise to take a photo of the two sisters before they had had too many glasses :-)
Surprise, Bobbi is drinking beer! What happened to her wine?
But back to our story. The pre-sail party began at 6:00PM and Fred, the arranger, brought food, which Bobbi and Lynda helped to bring into the bar.
Now, ready for some more food?
|Lynda first took a careful bite.||But it didn't come out so clean...||...and she wound up with powdered sugar all over her clothes.|