Vacation Part 4 – New Orleans

Oh New Orleans! After the wonderful time we had in Chicago and then a pleasant train ride, we arrived in New Orleans. I knew that we were going to have a great time. We had lots of exploring to do and little time to do it in. We also wanted to make sure that we fit in lots of good food and lots of trying new drinks.

So here we go! Thursday was our first day there and we were up and at ’em pretty early. We had scheduled a tour of two plantations. The first was Laura plantation which was run mainly by females for about three generations. This plantation had lots of outbuildings still in tact. There were several of the slave family homes still on the property. Apparently families still lived in those houses until the 1970s. They didn’t move far though.When they moved out they moved two streets over. This plantation also had lots of fruit trees, including 18 types of bananas and citrus fruit that was still green.DSC01031DSC01032DSC01051DSC01054DSC01061DSC01064

The 2nd plantation that we visited was Oak Alley. Oak Alley is much more well known and many movies and tv shows have been shot at this plantation. Very well known planation and absolutely beautiful. Interesting enough the trees are actually older then the house.

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Upon our return back into the French Quarter, we needed food. While on the bus I started looking up a couple of the places that we were recommended. I found that the ACME Oyster House wasn’t too far. Sean had been wanting his oysters so we decided to give it a go! The food was awesome! He had raw oysters and then we ordered chargrilled oysters as well. Apparently New Orleans is known for chargrilled oysters. I tried them and they were very good! This was then followed by a softshell crab po-boy and a shrimp po-boy. I had gumbo and Sean had fries. So good! Good enough that Sean decided that we needed to follow that up by some breadpudding. It was really good as well.

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That was just day one!

Day two, Friday, we started off by walking to the French Quarter. We had originally thought we might go out on the Natchez but we decided to just walk down by it and see it.

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After that we walked back into town and got on the Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus. We rode around for the first half of the trip but had to get off to meet up with some people. The route was awesome and we got to see quite a bit. DSC01135DSC01137

St. Louis Cathedral and Joan of Arc (or as they call her Joanie on a Pony)DSC01139DSC01148

French Market and us on the bus

After a great lunch at Desi Vega’s Steakhouse, we made our way back down into the French Quarter. There were many Atlanta Falcons fans starting to arrive so the town was starting to get a little rowdy. We decided that we were going to try a few of the well known drinks throughout the French Quarter.

First stop was Pat O’Brien’s for Hurricanes. Next stop up was Margaritaville for my Jimmy fix. Lastly was Tropical Isle for Hand Grenades. Let’s just say we had a great time and the drinks were all very good! Can’t say that I would drink these all the time but they were good.

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Saturday we decided that we would ride the bus for the full loop (2 hours) and see all parts of the city which was very cool. DSC01153DSC01157

Cafe Du Monde on Saturday was very busy! The figure that you see is where people would meet to find others right after Hurricane Katrina. This was outside of Louis Armstrong Park.

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The entrance to Louis Armstrong Park and Cemetery #1. The pyramid grave is Nicholas Cage’s grave. He isn’t dead yet but he has already purchased his space.

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The World Trade Tower (that might not be there if we ever go again) and the Superdome.DSC01182DSC01183

Magazine Street where all of the shopping takes place and the flags that were hung along the way for when the Dalai Lama visited back in May.

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The Real World New Orleans house and yeah that street is not pronounced the way you think it is.DSC01205

 

Yes they have a restaurant down there. We thought about going but decided on something else instead.

Next up was lunch. We were hungry. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde. So good! But then it was off for some real food. Sean started off with a Bloody Mary Oyster Shooter. He followed that with Jumbalaya and I had a combo of jumbalaya and gumbo. It was excellent.

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We decided that we needed to walk around in the French Quarter for a little bit longer and explored the inside of St. Louis Cathedral. Beautiful.

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We were both worn out so it was back to the hotel for a little while and figure out where we were going to have dinner.

When we figured out what we were going we went back out. We hung out at Jax Brewery. Supposedly it is one of the oldest in the Quarter. A couple of beers later we decided to walk around, where there is no open container laws so Sean go the rest of his drink to go. We knew that we had to be at the restaurant that we were wanting to go to right at 6pm when it opened because we didn’t have reservations but knew that it was hard to get into.

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We showed up at NOLA, which is owned by Emeril. We were lucky enough to get one of the last tables available. We started the dinner off with mussles in a ham broth, corn, red peppers, and bacon. Sean had catfish for dinner and I had Shrimp and Grits. We finished the meal off with Chocolate Bread Pudding with a carmel popcorn layer on the bottom served with popcorn ice cream. An awesome meal.
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As we were leaving NOLA and walking back this guy was having a parade for his 40th birthday. Yes they were even throwing beads!
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Our last day in New Orleans gets its own post because it was very different and awesome.

 

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