Wow, there is a LOT to do in New Orleans!
We rolled in around noon on Tuesday, so I spent the first day running errands rather than going into the city. But on Wednesday I caught the 9:30 bus to the Superdome with Eric (he's one of the head train maintenance guys). We started off with a visit to the WWII museum. I don't have pictures of that because I'm a poor photographer and nothing I took came out well :/
The museum is set up so you can walk through it chronologically, beginning with Europe and ending in the Pacific. There were displays showing the weapons, gear and clothing of American, French, German, Russian, and Japanese soldiers. Some of the machinery was very impressive; there was a highly advanced gyroscope used in Japanese missiles, and a complex German coding machine. Also, I never realized how few soldiers America went into the war with as compared to other countries. But our mass production was unrivaled, and that gave us a huge advantage.( Lots of pics! )
One thing that I thought the museum did very well was explain the tactics involved in campaigns throughout the war, including smaller but strategically important battles. It was very interesting to see how like a game of chess it all was, and how even retreats can be preplanned to create an advantage.
The self-guided tour ended with the atomic bomb display, which was dominated by a compiled video of the bombs being dropped and the aftermath, including footage of badly burned women and children. I can't help but feel shame that our country killed thousands of civilians with those bombs.
Anyway, Eric and I left the museum in kind of a dark mood, but I'm glad we went!
We visited the Riverfront Marketplace, which turned out to be a mall on the river...neither of us wanted that, so we found the French Quarter and ate lunch at Chartres House Cafe.
The food was VERY good. He got chicken alfredo and a beer, and I had blackened redfish with jumbalaya and veggies and SeaGlass white wine. Our appetizer was spinach dip, but instead of chips they gave us fried bowtie pasta. Delicious!
Then we went our separate ways. I explored the French Quarter a bit more, and stepped into a voodoo shop to see...well, to see what's in a voodoo shop!
Black salt, monkey paws, shrunken heads, etc. It was interesting!
I got a bit lost trying to find Cafe du Monde, but found this fountain instead: