Monday, April 20, 2009

New Orleans - what a fabulous place!

I'm finally getting a chance to blog about my recent trip to New Orleans. My daughter and I were only there two full days and two half days but I feel I really got to know the areas we were in. We crammed so much into that short time! And it truly seemed that time slowed down while we were there. What a wonderful time we had.

Not long after we had checked into the hotel, we were cruising down the Mississippi in the Creole Queen paddlewheeler. What a lovely, relaxing trip down the river. We were a bit disappointed that for whatever reason we didn't get the promised narration by the Captain. But it was still a very pleasant way to get our first glimpse of this unique city.

Then on to the French District. Decatur Street, Freedom Park, musicians and artists on every corner, Cafe Du Monde, with their delicious cafe au lait and beignets, candy stores and pralines on every corner - what a fabulous, exciting section of the city!

Of course, we had to take the haunted buildings tour the very first night! Our tour guide, Sheldon, did such a great job of weaving those fabulous ghostly tales as we walked through the dark, narrow streets of the French Quarter. We didn't see any ghosts but we learned so much of the history of this section and heard fascinating stories of the old days.

I have never had a more unique Easter in my life. Parades on every corner, people dressed up in their finest, beautiful churches with Easter services - just lovely.

Our last day we spent taking the St. Charles streetcar uptown through the Garden District. Then we walked through Audobon Park to Magazine Street and browsed all those little boutiques and antique stores there. We had the best snow cone we've ever had! We took a walk through an old cemetery with mausoleums.

We ended the day with a visit to Bourbon Street and listened to some wonderful jazz musicians at the Spotted Cat on Frenchmen Road.

What a wonderful trip, giving me and my daughter delightful memories for many years to come. Here we are in our Mardi Gras masks!


ChezChani said...

What a lovely trip. I'd love to visit there sometime. I have not had a real vacation in many years.

Catwalk Creative said...

Thanks so much for sharing the story of your visit to New Orleans. It looks like an amazing place and your feathered masks are just mind blowing! Hope you got to keep them! How great to do this trip with your daughter - you'll have lots of fabulous memories to share over the years. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a wonderful trip! I especially like the pictures at the end of you and your daughter in the Mardi Gras masks :)