Michael had meetings near Baton Rouge most of the week and Adelaide and I joined him on Wednesday. The weather was remarkable (except for a brief tornado watch for some of the area.) We toured a beautiful plantation called Houmas House. The gardens and the house and the neighboring Mississippi River and the history and an amazing tour guide made this tour absolutely worth it. The house is still lived in today so we were able to walk through and touch many things that would normally be roped off in other houses. Including a Steinway Piano built in 1905 that is only one in fifty left in the whole world. Our tour guide was telling us about the amazing beauty and features of the piano and asked if anyone played the piano. My hand shot up in the air. (If I'm given an opportunity to play on an extremely rare, historic piano, you bet I'm not missing my chance!) There was some sheet music on the piano so I started playing that and then our tour guide joined right in singing along the rest of the piece. It was epic. During the intro, I made sure Michael was documenting it. Our little girl was a bit restless so she didn't allow him to record it, but it was so so so fun!
We stayed a couple night just outside of New Orleans where a supplier had invited Michael to their New Orleans parade and party set up. It was incredible. They had a trolley take us to the parade route where they had a private stand next to the street. They had beads, food, hot chocolate, cake, and drinks. We enjoyed playing and catching some beads at the parades. Laila loved waving hi to everyone.
Finally, we stayed one night in downtown New Orleans with a view of the parade route from our hotel room! We walked around French Quarters, Bourbon Street (before 4 PM we were told is the safest g-rated time), along the river and enjoyed a really big New Orleans parade. It was raining on and off throughout the day and the poor people in the parade were soaked. Half way through the parade it started pouring again and by then everyone was soaking, but they just kept marching on! We had so many beads and stuffed animals by the end of the parade. Laila loved all the stuffed animals she got and her "pitty neck-aces" (Pretty necklaces)
(I think Laila's dress-up jewelry is set for life!)
Before our flight we took a walking tour around the Garden District which was so picturesque. We walked through a New Orleans style cemetery and learned some fascinating facts about them. Then we saw many incredible homes in the area including Sandra Bullock's, John Goodman's, the Manning's, and Nicholas Cage's (former) homes. It was so interesting! Laila loved being in charge of the map and taking the trolley!
^Cutest tourist ever!
^ Sandra Bullock's home
^Manning's (Michael's Favorite)
^Nicholas Cage's before he foreclosed