Monday, May 2, 2016

Las Vegas to San Diego via...New Orleans

Just a little over a year ago, I left New Orleans to embark on several months of travel in Europe. Except I flew to Las Vegas first. 

Yeah, completely the wrong direction, but I wanted to spend some time with Adrienne and her family there because it had been way too long since I'd been out that way. Then I just continued into California. Turned out my trip to Europe started at LAX.

When I came back from Europe, I went back to California, and returned to Vegas from there. When my sister Martha decided to actually become an official resident of California, I decided to join her for a while. 

But instead of making a short hop on a budget airline, I
headed back to NOLA first. 

Again, the wrong direction. But I wanted to spend a little time with Peri and Danielle, because it will probably be a while before I come back this way again.

I had a late night flight from Vegas to NOLA. It could hardly be called a redeye, since it landed at 4 am. These two airports are the most familiar to me, but it had been too long since I'd been on a plane and I was pleasantly surprised to find that water fountains in the Vegas airport are now doubling as "Water Bottle Refilling Stations". 

Major, major props to whoever came up with that one. I very much appreciated the convenience.

I still remember what a novelty the Las Vegas airport was, so
Las Vegas airport
very many years ago, with all the slot machines. Now, it's just Vegas, and the noise doesn't even bother me. In fact, I kind of like having all that color nearby. 

Of course, I put my earbuds in and listen to music while reading my Kindle, so they are really only on the periphery. But it's my home airport, and I guess I find it somehow comforting.

The New Orleans airport, on the other hand, has a nice mid-century vibe going on that I really like.

I'm not sure what all this green light is about, it always seems a bit jarring whenever I arrive here.

New Orleans airport
The big arched window was always there.

But I'm pretty sure the furniture was added sometime in the
New Orleans airport empty
last decade or so. 

Danielle and Peri picked me up at the airport, and I got a few hours sleep, before Danielle came in from running errands to say we should go do something outside because it was a gorgeous day. 

We decided to go to the Sculpture Garden at City Park. I'd never been, didn't even know such a thing existed, but we had a really nice time.

Beignets to go
We each grabbed a favorite treat at Morning Call before heading into the gardens. Danielle got a latte, Peri got ice cream, but I wasn't going to pass up a chance for beignets. Good thing, too, because I only got them once more.

New Orleans City ParkThe Sculpture Garden has some very interesting things in it, some of it on the weird side, which is not something that would really surprise me in New Orleans. The huge spider was a favorite of mine and Peri.

But this silver metal human/monkey combo was definitely a bit creepy.

I'm not sure what this guy hanging by his feet is all about, but it's called Travelin' Light, so make of that what you will. 

This other metal sculpture was pretty cool, I thought.

I was surprised how much I liked the more modern pieces. I really liked this one set in a small pond, as well.

The thing that surprised me most, though, is that they have an actual Rodin there. I have to say that I was not expecting to find anything by such a major sculptor in New Orleans City Park.

Also, it never occurred to me how pleasant a sculpture garden could be. I'm not one for looking at even the spectacular gardens when I travel. I love the outdoors, and beautiful landscaping, but wandering around gardens is not something I'm ever tempted to do. Having a variety of interesting things to look at inside of a park or garden is a whole different matter.

It didn't hurt that the day was so beautiful. And there are great places for just resting in the shade near various bodies of water.

Plus, there are paddle boats and things for people who actually want to get out on the water, which I think is fabulous. I was way too tired for it, but I bet it's really nice to see everything from that perspective.

There is more, we went to the French Quarter Fest, though we didn't do much except eat. And I've wandered around this area of town more, the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District, so I've got some great photos of all that. I'll get it up here soon, I promise. I'll already be gone, but they are still nice glimpses of my trip.

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