Eric and I went to the ASCA World Clinic (for swim coaches) again.  Last year it was in Las Vegas and this year, it moved to New Orleans.  We had a fun week down there learning, sightseeing, drinking and eating.  We both thought NOLA was much better than Vegas.  Vegas is fun for a weekend, but not for a whole week.

We stayed at the Marriott on Canal Street.  It was a nice hotel (clean rooms, nice workout facility and in a great location).  My only complaint was that you had to pay $14.99 per day for wi-fi.  They did have it free in their lobby but that’s just not the same.

We spent the week mainly walking around the French Quarter:

– Bourbon Street


Flea Market

Saint Louis Cathedral 



Jackson Square

– Ghost tour.  I liked the ghost tour.  The one thing that I don’t really understand is why they act so dramatic during it.  The history and stories are really interesting.  If they stopped acting so cheesy and just told everything normally, I think it would be even better.

– Riverwalk (FYI:  the shops there are closed until 2014)

St. Louis cemetery


– met an Olympian swimmer (Peter Vanderkaay).  Ian Thorpe, aka the Thorpedo, was scheduled to be there too but he hurt his back and had to cancel.  Boo.


Eric really wanted to go to the World War II Museum but we just couldn’t find a good time to go since it closed at 5:00.

Favorite bars:

– Finnegan’s Easy – we watched a lot of games here

Old Absinthe House

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

The Funky Pirate – you can listen to Big Al sing the blues

Spirits on Bourbon – fun dueling piano bar

Favorite restaurants:

Cafe du Monde – Has been around since 1862 and has the best beignets.  Yum.

K-Paul’s – Had the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had and I’m not even a mashed potato person.

Mother’s – Get the Ferdi’s Special po’ boy.  You won’t be disappointed.

Coop’s – This was recommended to our friend from NOLA residents and everybody liked what they had.

I ate way too much fried seafood but it was so, so good.


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