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Tabasco and New Orleans

Ivan and I woke up around 9:40 am on March 15, 2010.  We packed everything up.  We checked out of the hotel at 11:10 am.

We had lunch at Brenda’s Eat In or Take Out in New Iberia.  We had the chicken stew with sweet peas and potato salad.  The chicken stew was really tasty!!

We walked around New Iberia a little.

Ivan drove us to Avery Island.  It’s $1 entrance fee to the island.  We parked the car.  We went to the building where the Tabasco tour is held.  It smelled like Tabasco sauce.  The tour is free. The tour guide  was a nice lady named Marnell.  It was her birthday.  She just recently found out that she was allergic to the tabasco peppers.  Poor thing.

We got a few mini bottles of Tabasco.  We got Chipotle, Original and Green Pepper.  We watched a movie about Tabasco.  The McIlhenny family and the employees of Tabasco live on Avery Island. 

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Next, we got to see the assembly line.  We saw the labels put on them by machine and then put in boxes.

We went to the Country Store.  Here they sell everything Tabasco.  I didn’t know they had Tabasco Spam.  We tried some samples like soy sauce and salsas with Tabasco.

Ivan and I went driving in the Jungle Garden.  It was such a beautiful day to be outside.  The entrance is $8 per person.  We drove by a bayou. 

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We saw the Buddha that was a gift given to A.E. McIlhenny.  It’s in a little building.  I got gum stuck on my shoe while walking around the garden.  Ugh, why can’t people put their gum in a wrapper and throw it in the trash?  We saw probably about a hundred snow egrets in Bird City.

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Ivan started driving to New Orleans around 4 pm.  We arrived about 6:30 pm.  We had to look for parking around the hotel.  We found $10 parking nearby.  The hotel charges $26 plus tax per day. 

We checked in to the Hotel Le Cirque. 

We walked to the French Quarter.  We wanted to eat at Acme Oyster Shop.  There was a huge line though.  We had dinner at The Gumbo Shop instead.  Ivan and I shared the shrimp and okra gumbo and the grilled catfish with shrimp creole on top.  The food was average and it was a little pricey.

We checked out some of the bars on Bourbon Street.  We stopped to listen to a good band at Maison Bourbon Jazz Club.  I found out later that the singer and trumpet player is named Jamil Sharif.  Our friend Kellie knows him.  There’s a one drink minimum per person per set.

We walked back to the hotel.

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New Iberia

Ivan and I woke up around 8 am on March 14, 2010.  We had already arrived in Galveston, Texas.  Ivan went to the buffet to get some breakfast omelets for us.  We ate them in our room. 

We used the internet.  The announcer let us know that Megan Ham had now left the cruise ship.  We had a great time on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship.  Cruises are a lot of fun! 

I had packed the night before.  Ivan packed up all his things.  We left at 10:35 am.  We got into the line for Customs.  Ivan was in a different line – the Non US citizens line.

One of the Customs guys asked me some questions.  He asked if I was traveling alone.  I said No, I’m traveling with my boyfriend.  He asked Where is he?  I said he’s in that line (the Non US citizens line) and pointed at Ivan.   He said that he would talk to him.  He went over to Ivan and asked him some questions.  Then, he took him to a room.  I was worried about this.  I was thinking the worst like What they deport him?  Then I thought How am I going to drive back to Las Vegas by myself?  Hehe.  I was almost crying.  I really do have a wild imagination.  He did come out maybe 15-20 minutes later. 

He said that they asked about if he gambled on the boat.  They said they have video.  Ivan didn’t gamble at all.  I’m not sure why gambling would be an issue.  I think they were just trying to scare him or something.  But, Ivan said the main guy who pulled him in the room was nice.  There was a black guy in there as well who “tried” to be intimidating.  Ivan thought he watched too many tv cop shows.  I was relieved everything was okay.

We waited for the shuttle to take us to the parking lot.  Ivan started driving the car around 11:45 pm.  We were leaving Galveston, Texas to head to New Iberia, Louisiana.  New Iberia is about 20 miles from Lafayette.

We had to wait for the ferry.  There was lots of cars waiting for the ferry as well.  We finally got to the other side at 1:40 pm.

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Ivan started driving.  We stopped at a Wal-Mart.  We got some food to place in our freezer bag.  I made some chicken sandwiches for us.  It’s basically whole wheat bagel bread, cajun chicken breast slices and Laughing Cow cheese.  It’s really good!

We reached New Iberia in the early evening.  We had dinner at The Boiling Point.  It’s not for it’s boiled shrimp and crawfish.  We don’t really like peeling and cracking shells so we decided to get something else.  Ivan and I shared the mini crab cakes.  We had grilled shrimp and some lovely grilled catfish.  It was really good food!

We checked in to the Ramada in New Iberia.  Thank goodness for free wi-fi!  We used the internet, watched tv and chilled in the room for the rest of the night.

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