✈ in case you missed Part 2 you can catch up here…
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Wednesday, May 16
On Wednesday, E was trapped in her conference from 8am-4:30pm so I was left to entertain myself. It was especially hot and humid that day so I decided to visit the Aquarium.
They had it all – coral reef tank, shark tank, a gorgeous rainbow fish, oh, and a white alligator (1 of 12 in the world!)!
The absolute best part of my visit to the Aquarium was the a) being able to stroke the string rays in the touch pool (no worries their stingers/barbs are removed) and b) watching the divers feed the rays. The rays are so sweet and friendly and social. They float right up to the surface of the pool so you can touch them – they seem to love it!
As for the feeding – the rays completely mobbed the divers. They are fed a lunch of fish halves, what appeared to be little squid or octopus, and…broccoli! They looooved the broccoli. And when they eat their mouths open in such a way that it looks like they are smiling – which is especially adorable when the divers pet + rub their tummies.
After spending a few hours at the theatre, I ventured out in the heat long enough to grab a Pinkberry frozen yogurt. Chocolate yogurt with fresh strawberries + raspberries – delicious! It was melting quickly though so I finished my snack in the lobby of our hotel. It turned out I made it back to room just in time because it started to downpour outside which in Megan-land is the perfect excuse for a book + a nap.
The end of my nap was perfectly timed with the end of E’s conference for the day. so we meet up and wandered down the street to a musical festival in Lafayette Square. It goes down every Wednesday during the summer and features pretty famous band such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Trombone Shorty. People spread blankets out on the lawn, relaxing with their children and dogs, while food vendors serve up lots of liquor and local cuisine (for my Illinois folks it’s like Mayfest of steroids).
E & I stretched out on the grass and munched on a muffaletta – a sandwich made with Italian meats, cheeses and a special olive salad – and crawfish con queso with corn chips. The event lasted until 8pm – with everyone enjoying the sounds of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (you can hear their music on pandora and youtube – I highly recommend it!!).
After the festival E & I tagged along with her co-worker H (and finacee J) to a dark little bar called Bootlegger’s. It was nice to get off our feet and relax while listening to the featured band that night – The Hip Shakers. They were quite good and played a nice mix of blues, jazz, and local favorites. I attempted to take some video but sadly the audio failed me (however I did find a short clip of them on youtube if you are super interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC2LwDje9F8)
And so, after some toe-tappin’ tunes, we closed the door on our 3nd night in N’awlins.
Come back soon for Part 4!