New Orleans

11/26/18 – Monday – Farewell New Orleans

Avenue Plaza (WorldMark condo), New Orleans, Louisiana

Rested in the morning. Cold, windy day. It was 48 degrees. It felt like 43 degrees when we left at 1am to eat at Evangeline’s as recommended by Michael Symon. Well when we got there we were greeted with a “closed” sign. It looked like they’d gone out of business. We wandered until we came upon a place we thought would be good, the “Royal House Oyster Bar”. There were red beans, rice, chicken and andouille sausage for John and a “Taste of New Orleans” for me (gumbo, crawfish etouffee and jambalaya). We shared. It was all very good and not too terribly hot/spicy. We meandered through the French Market past the US Mint to check out the music on Frenchmen St. There was none. We found out later that most of the music there happens at night. We enjoyed some amazing musicians near Jackson Square. One instrument sounded a lot like a harp. Since there was NO LINE at Cafe du Monde we stopped for beignets. This is also the time when we came upon that small version of Rouses grocery store. I took a photo of the streets to know for next time. Then took the streetcar to our condo. This time the driver insisted on our ID’s (required when paying the $.40 fare). I HAD been carrying my driver’s license but since the drivers never asked for it, I had stopped carrying it. Thankfully John had our Passport copies so that satisfied her. We enjoyed a quiet “last supper” at the condo.


New and old – New Orleans

Old – New Orleans French Quarter

New and old funky – New Orleans French Quarter


Royal House Oyster Bar – great food


Musicians – so beautiful


Rouses in the French Quarter

11/27/18 – Tuesday – Flying Home

Avenue Plaza (WorldMark condo), New Orleans, Louisiana

Today we got to stay in our condo until noon so we got all ready, even having time for John to eat a lunch he’d saved. Once checked out we were able to stay in the “Garden Room” at the Avenue Plaza until leaving at 3:30pm via Lyft for the airport. We could also have our luggage put into storage until we left. After we left the Avenue Plaza we stopped at “Smoothie King” for my lunch. They have very nutritious smoothies. It was good, much like a thick chocolate shake. During our wait we visited the Lafayette Cemetery.


Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery

After that, back in the “Garden Room,” I finished the book I’d borrowed from Avenue Plaza, “Lady” by Thomas Tryon. Excellent. When we got our luggage out of storage we met another couple getting theirs as well. They were going to the same airport, so we all went together in the Lyft car, saving money. We had some excitement with our flight. The plane leaving New Orleans was held up for a blinking error light for about an hour, so we got to Salt Lake City late for our connection. The pilot said he felt it was likely that many of those connecting planes would be waiting for us. John and I ran the whole distance to our gate, getting their in good time. Whew! We landed in Spokane at 11pm, snagging a Uber car to go home. Ah, home sweet home.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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