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I’ve been busy and then tired so I haven’t blogged. I’ m going to have to split the blog post up because there’s lots of photos.

New Orleans is awesome. It’s different, multi-cultural, lively and heaps of fun. I hate long plane trips but I love travel. I’m here to attend my first RT convention (formerly  Romantic Times Convention) and it being in New Orleans was what sealed the deal for me. I came early so I did some tours and I met up with the wonderful Keri Arthur for serious retail therapy. The conference itself is huge.

I am staying at a bed and breakfast near mid town  on Canal Street. That’s the same street as the conference hotel but a cable car ride away. So there are pros and cons, but I think there are mostly pros. I’m forced to take the   cable car everyday and that allows me to see real life around me and I’m meeting people over breakfast and Monica is the best Innkeeper ever so it’s all good.

Here is a pick of the house. It has a raised basement, which is where my room is.  It was built early 1900s. Below is a shot of the parlour, and a lovely ornate fireplace.

 

Canal Street Inn, New Orleans, the parlour

Canal Street Inn, New Orleans,

The Canal Street Inn, The Parlour

The Canal Street Inn, The Parlour

Then I did some touring around so there’l be more photos.

So I have done a few  short tours. The City and Cemeteries, with an educated and informative guide. The tours are quick so I think they are more like an introduction if you want to focus on a particular spot. I’ve also done a tour of two plantations, Laura Plantation and Oak Alley, both very different but haunting and sad  in the slavery side. I think it’s important that we don’t forget how these people (stolen from Africa) were treated. I also did a ghost and vampire tour and the stories were scary.

Joan of Arc Statue,

Joan of Arc Statue,

New paper boxes. Who said print media is dead.

New paper boxes. Who said print media is dead.

street view French Quarter

street view French Quarter

Poker machine cubicles, Flannagan's Pub, French Quarter

Poker machine cubicles, Flannagan’s Pub, French Quarter

The architecture in the French Quarter is very European, most Spanish than French.  The French houses were destroyed by fire and rebuilt in brick. It’s quite reminiscent of Europe.

Note. I was in the pub to take a tour. The cubicles fascinated me. They were  better fitting that the toilet doors.

And my keyboard died so limited typing for me.

 

 

 

 

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So my bags aren’t quite packed, but my darling man bought a keyboard cover for the iPad Air so I can take it instead of the heavy laptop. I’m so excited by that. He is awesome. I didn’t have time today to go shopping but Matthew went after work.

Tonight my children cooked me a late birthday/early mother’s day dinner, with prezzies. Homemade lasagne and flourless chocolate cake with coconut cream/chocolate frosting. It was great to see them and I’ll miss them while I’m away. Matthew is staying here holding the fort, having horror movie nights, hopefully not eating too badly and enjoying the cold. I understand that New Orleans is warm. Yay, I had to totally rethink my wardrobe, but I’m quite prepared to shop!

I’ve printed out the stuff I need, now I just need to organise what I’m taking with me. Not easy to do when you’re on the computer.

I injured my knee in the move in November and have a torn tendon. Everything had been going fairly well, not hurting, able to walk, except these last couple of days it’s flared up. Now I have to get on a plane for 15 hours with a bad knee. I’ve bought a knee support and just hope I won’t need to buy a walking stick. Eek!

I’m looking forward to the RT Convention and the shopping and eating, except I believe I’m now allergic to fish so I have to be careful. I love fish so you can imagine not being able to eat it is going to be tough. The other night we had chips from the local takeaway and I reacted to them. I’m getting more and more sensitive.

I’m taking Invoked, my current WIP with me to work on. I’ve not done much in recent weeks except on writing dates, with  my mother being deadly ill over Easter and then family coming down to say their goodbyes, but mum rallied, but is still exiting this life, just more slowly. I really thought she was leaving and I went through all the saying goodbyes, the crying, the grieving and now I have to adjust to her being still here, but also with a different personality. It’s just plain odd, but the brain injuries do weird things.

Anyway, it’s time to cuddle my man and leave this computer be. I may blog while I’m away, it depends on how well wordpress and ipad get one.

Waves!

A shot of me and Cat Sparks

A shot of me and Cat Sparks

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