Monday, June 3, 2013

New Orleans Trip- French Quarter Wanderings

On our final day of our trip, we hung out mainly in the French Quarter. We visited the museums located in both the Cabildo and the Presbytere, took the ferry across the Mississippi River to Algiers and back again, and of course ate tons of food. Don't worry though, we walked all around the French Quarter and saw some very interesting things, including not 1, but 2 cross-dressing men (complete with leather skirts-- only in NOLA, right?). Finally, we enjoyed our (early) anniversary dinner at Stanley, a restaurant located right on Jackson Square to finish up the trip. It made for an exhausting but awesome day to finish up our trip!

This was inside 1 of the museums; it had an exhibit about Hurricane Katrina
and this model made me smile. Can you guess why? 
Pete Fountain's clarinet that was damaged in the Flood.
An example of Mardi Gras
More Mardi Gras exhibit
One of the costumes
Another museum's display of weaponry
We had fun picking out our choice of saber
This is a very famous room in the Cabildo and heard several important cases, such as Plessy v. Ferguson.
It is also the home of 1 of the death masks of Napoleon.
A little creepy, yes?
Then we stalked a wedding that was happening in Jackson Square

Now onto our ferry ride!

It is free and you get to see a really good view of the city
Outside Pat O'Brien's
Our dinner (really brinner). Matt's pancakes (yes, that's a scoop
of chocolate ice cream).

My Breaux Bridge Benedict, complete with boudin, poached egg,
Hollaindaise sauce, and french bread.  I feel like I gain 5 lbs
just thinking about that meal. Yum!
Sitting on front of the square, enjoying the sights.
So there you have it. We had an amazing trip to NOLA and can't wait to go back-- not only to visit family but to see the sites. There is a lot to do in the area and if you have any questions about planning your own trip there, feel free to ask!

1 comment:

  1. Yum - we'll have to eat at Stanley first chance we get!

    PS that Mardi Gras costume wasn't one worn by just anyone - that would be a high-ranking officer in one of the krewes. Or possibly the king of a krewe that keeps identities secret, like Comus.