My good friend Barbara and I have birthdays around the same time in August, so every year we try to do something special together afterwards since we are both usually NOT in New Orleans. Last year it was thinly sliced fried catfish at Middendorf's and then on to Mahogany Oaks and the MOB to celebrate a little more with Mike and John.
This year we decided on lunch at another favorite-The Napoleon House.
With the Treme Fest going on and an absolutely gorgeous day, we knew we were on the right track when we found a free, no time limit parking spot. What a great belated birthday present to us. Along our walk to the Napoleon House from Esplanade and Rampart, we saw a few shops that we wanted to check out on the way back.
This gorgeously landscaped facade and alleyways caught both of our eyes! And, the property to the right is for sale!
Such a pretty day to sit at our round table and: catch up; watch the people go by; soak in a favorite place; celebrate our birthdays; and, talk about what lies ahead for both of us in the months ahead and in to next year.
And, there's lots.
We walked down Chartres to Pirate's Alley on our way back to stop at Trashy Diva, a vintage clothing shop and The Idea Factory that specializes in wooden items.
We did a little window shopping along the way. I love watching artists at work.
Lucullus always has gorgeous items on display in their windows.
This little china tea pot and warmer caught my eye immediately. Ah, but upon closer inspection and a price of $295...It was not to be. Limoges, perhaps? Plus, they were closed.
Trashy Diva was fun. Barbara was on a mission for her Mom. I discovered some gorgeous panty hose and ruffly underwear that I may have to go back for. We hit the jackpot at the vintage clothing place.
Not only were there lots of beautiful things (one or two that I might consider for the formal Bunch Club Dinner Dance if we were to go with John and Mike this upcoming Mardi Gras season); but I discovered a stamp/coin expert across the hall who also buys and sells estates. We had an educational conversation with him about stamps and especially pocket watches. (Barbara and I will both be back).
When I fell in love with that little (chained up) rocker in front of the Idea Factory, I had no idea I'd find a beautiful wooden barrette just for me inside. There were lots of other items that would make for reasonable, unique and interesting gifts for others, and maybe even a few for me.
What better way to celebrate your birthday than with a best friend, a favorite place, a wander through the French Quarter, and lots of love!
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could find best friends while you were window shopping? This one's already mine! And, she's worth a whole lot more than any of the items in that shop!