New Orleans

This year, I get to visit a city I’ve never been to before when I go to New Orleans, LA for my third girl get away weekend with a dear friend.  

We have so much fun and enjoy every minute.  Our flights arrive within an hour of each other and we meet in baggage claim.  We take a shuttle to the Hotel Provincial in the French Quarter.  Our room has a balcony overlooking the French Market.  We head over to the market and enjoy a muffuletta for lunch – delicious!  We walk the French Quarter and browse in the shops and admire the architecture.  Dinner is at Emeril’s restaurant, NOLA, and I love the shrimp and grits.

  
The next morning we wake up to beautiful weather and enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  We did more shopping in the French Quarter before having beignets at Cafe du Monde.  These are amazing and deserve a blog post of their own.  

  
We took a city bus tour and saw and learned many things about New Orleans.  For example, I had no idea their above ground cemeteries are natural cremation.  We also drive through residential neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Katrina.  

  
We are hungry after the tour and have an early dinner at Coop’s Place.  This is a hole in the wall we would never have picked but our hotel recommended it.  We have great Creole food.  We walk off dinner and end up at the Outlet Mall.  We walk back via wild Bourbon St. and see a wedding parade.  Back at the hotel, we take drinks to our patio and visit.  I like my hurricane.  Cheers!!    

  
During our last day in New Orleans, we visit Mardi Gras World which is really interesting since neither of us know very much about Mardi Gras.  Since the 2016 celebration was about a month ago, we are able to see the recent floats which are beautiful with vibrant colors.  We also eat King Cake and see artists making props for future floats.

  
We stop at Mulates for a light lunch.  I try boudin, a pork and rice sausage. Next we ride the St. Charles line of the street car to the Garden District and see some beautiful homes. We have another amazing meal at Arnaud’s and enjoy jazz music with our meal.  The bread pudding is to die for!

  
We walk back to the Hotel Provincial via Bourbon Street, stopping to hear jazz ensembles play at local musician’s park and Constitution Hall.  This city has such unique character and every minute has been full of fun!!

  

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