The French Quarter and Other Amazing Sights

Good morning, my friends!  It has been awhile since I’ve posted and I’m sorry about that.  My husband and I just got back from a wonderful vacation and I was trying to leave EVERYTHING behind for a few days!

We took a road trip.  Now we will drive down to Memphis occasionally which is about 4 hours away or go visit my family which is about the same, but this was an honest to goodness road trip—which means lots of crocheting time! Loved every second of my vacation except for one part—massive traffic jam coming home through Nashville—that was quite stressful.

We drove down to New Orleans and spent a couple of days.  It is a beautiful city.  The buildings down in the French Quarter are wonderful.  We saw St. Louis Cathedral—words cannot describe how lovely it is, we went to the French Market—where I bought lots of things that I really didn’t need, but bought nonetheless.  It was great fun.  We had breakfast at Café Du Mond. The beignets are to die for.  The French Quarter is fabulous during the day and at night it becomes very interesting!  There’s a lot of action down there after dark—and apparently clothing is optional when the sun goes down! LOL Seriously though, you’re walking along minding your own business and then all of a sudden there’s a topless woman. For no other reason than it’s allowed! There is a lovely yarn shop in the French Quarter called Quarter Stitch and she had fabulous yarns and you know I came home with some of that too!  All in all it was a great time in NOLA and I hope to get back there again soon! From there we drove over to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Another pretty place with beautiful beaches.  We took a dolphin cruise while we were there and it was a lot of fun and we did see several dolphins.  Gulf Shores seems that it would be a great place to take a family vacation. Outside of the beach and the dolphin cruise they had arcades and amusement parks, a water park and a large miniature golf course. Oh and I have to mention that the people in Alabama were SO nice! Everyone you came into contact with was so welcoming and friendly!  From there we drove over to Apalachicola, Florida.  The downtown area of this tiny town is just adorable! Lots of little shops and restaurants. And yes—they have a yarn shop as well—and I came home with some from there too!  The name of that shop is Downtown Books and Purl.  Can you think of anything more fabulous than combining a book store with a yarn shop??? Simply brilliant!  The thing about Apalachicola is that there’s no beach! I couldn’t believe it! However, we did drive about 10 or 15 miles (maybe—I’m not good with distance things) to St. George’s Island and there was a lovely beach there. I finished an afghan with all of the time in the car and got some work done on another one.  All in all it was a great trip and I would definitely do it again! 

I’m hoping to get a free pattern posted in the next couple of days. Please bear with me while I get myself settled back in and get back to normal.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend friends!