I’ve been home for over two weeks, and it’s not that my feet are itchy, it’s just that I’m tired of looking at all the paperwork that I’m supposed to be sorting out.
So, I have made that all-important packing list, almost finishing packing my suitcase, set up for the requisite house-sitting, and will be ready to head out tomorrow at high noon. I’m not traveling alone this time – I’m taking a couple of very good friends along with me, to help with the driving, the singing on the road, and the eating of Cajan/Creole in New Orleans and TexMex in San Antonio.
They will also assist in wandering the streets of the French Quarter. We will listen to jazz on Jackson Square, eat beignets at Cafe du Monde, po-boys on Market Street, and muffulettas at the City Market in New Orleans. We will probably buy some Mardi Gras beads at the French Market. We will probably also visit Mardi Gras World, and we will definitely visit St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
And they will also assist me in strolling along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, or even taking a river tour to enjoy the Christmas lights. We will visit the Alamo, and possibly some of the other missions. We might even visit El Mercado, or La Villita. And we will celebrate the first night of Hanukkah on the 16th with candle lighting and jelly donuts.
And while we are doing all this, we will be thinking of Honey and Jay, both of whom loved New Orleans. The three of us went there almost every year, often for the holiday season, and occasionally threw in the extended trip to San Antonio. RIP, my beloved friends.
I will keep you updated as to our adventures as we go along, of course. We’ll get to New Orleans early Tuesday afternoon, and I should have some photos and fun facts to share with you by Wednesday morning.
For now, it’s back to the last-minute preparations.