Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Back in the UK-K-K

We got back from our tour of the USA on Sunday, and soon realised two things: 1) the London Marathon was on that Sunday; and 2) it was starting in Greenwich and Maze Hill. Perfect. So, after competing in that (and doing quite well I might add), we finally got to have a bit of a rest.

We had an excellent time in the US, and (second only to spending time with the Evans troop) New Orleans was a major highlight. It's easily one of the coolest places we've been. Even though we stayed mid-week it was still very happening. Music, soul food, southern characters, movie sets - I guess that will have to wait for ensuing posts.

This is Napoleon House in the French Quarter. It was owned by the mayor of New Orleans in the early 1800s, and offered to Napoleon as a refuge during his exile. Unfortunately, the Emperor never made it, instead choosing to die of some invasive disease elsewhere. More fool him. If he had made it, he might have been greeted with a scrumptious muffuletta served with a side of jambalaya. A very cool place, but just about anywhere seems cool in the French Quarter.

New Orleans is also a hotbed of cracked pavement. The city is built on a swamp, but surely there comes a point when you've got to say, 'that's a massive hole in the ground; we really should fix it'. That point seems to have wooshed past a while ago.

Still, while it looks dangerous, it's actually very safe; because you know it's so dangerous you're a lot more careful than you'd normally be.


bitingmidge said...

"I guess that will have to wait for ensuing posts."

Well come on then! ;-)

Helen | Pepperina Press said...

Are you, like me, realising that the crazy footpaths and potholes are actually worse in real life than they look in the photos??

Your New Orleans run-down gave me at least four good laughs, even without mention (thank goodness) of Piano Man.

More, please.

Shell said...

I've really had to restrain Julian, but no, the Piano Man will not be appearing on julesandshell. It's a waste really...

Helen | Pepperina Press said...

Shelley, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

Shell said...

I think back fondly of our New Orleans night, Julian and I had a really great time. Now that my delicate belly has recovered from recent culinary experiences, I can think of only happy thoughts!