I flew into New Orleans a day early so I'd have time to explore the city a bit. I've been there once before but it was a very long time ago (I was 18) and I was with my family so last week's experience was a bit different. I set out with different groups of friends throughout the week for food, shopping, food, touring, exploring, and, of course, food. Here are a few of the sights and sounds we discovered.
One of the beautiful mansions in the Garden District.
Chargrilled oysters at Acme Oyster House. I don't care for raw oysters but these babies were delicious!
Found this cool light fixture in a shoe shop.
And shoes. We also found cool shoes.
I indulged my love of fresh seafood whenever I could. These beauties were my lunch as the Market Cafe in the French Quarter. Lunch in their open-air seating area was accompanied by live jazz, as meals in New Orleans often are.
Hey, look! I have my own coffee!
So much fascinating architecture in this city.
Beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter is a must. We made several visits. (with friends Rebekah, Monique, and Linda)
The beautiful chandelier over our table at the Cellar Door where we ate dinner Tuesday night. It looks like it could have graced the entry hall of a brothel (which the restaurant used to be), am I right?
The view from our hotel room. The Mercedes Benz Superdome was like our very own spaceship sized nightlight. With a different color every night!
Even the horses are sparkly!
More French Quarter architecture. I love the flower-lined balconies.
Statuary is something else you see a lot of in New Orleans.
After all the walking, one needs sustenance. This flourless chocolate cake with blueberries and ice cream was fabulous!
Jackson Square by night. So lovely and so much history. This is the site where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
One of the many above-ground cemeteries in the city.
Another Garden District mansion.
Commander's Palace, a colorful addition to the Garden District and one of the most renowned restaurants in the city.
A really cool cornstalk fence surrounding one of the Garden District mansions. The 9800 sq. ft. home was build in 1860. The owner commissioned the fence to help his Iowa born wife feel more at home.
In New Orleans, they celebrate wall art. And don't call it graffiti.
Another Garden District mansion. I sure would have loved seeing the inside of one!
Loretta's in the French Market. Best pralines in the city (in my opinion) and darn good beignets too, according to my friends.
Moonlight on the Mississipi. What a beautiful way to bring my stay in New Orleans to an end.
One of the best cocktails I've ever had. Tanqueray No. Ten gin, simple syrup, mint leaves, and fresh lemon juice. I only had one but I wanted more! Of course, then my friends would have had to carry me back to the room and we'd have videos of a different sort. ;-)
What's your favorite dessert? Favorite drink?
Would you be up for dancing through the streets following a wedding?
Have you ever eaten in a restaurant with a scandalous history?
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