One can spend hours just circling
Jackson Square and days exploring the
French Quarter, which by far attracts the largest amount of tourists in . But the city
is more than that. Far more. New Orleans
Then of course, there is the Garden District, home to Commander’s Palace and the many mansions of the rich and sometimes the famous (such as author Anne Rice).
Commanders Palace has an excellent
Jazz Brunch on weekends. If you’re in the mood to splurge this is the place. My
first trip to New Orleans I took a streetcar
ride down to Washington Avenue
where the restaurant is a short walk off , their blue and white striped awning an easy-to-spot
|The St. Charles Streetcar|
Tours of the Garden District are offered and are a good idea if you are into history and architecture. Admiring the beautiful homes is one thing, but having a little background thrown in is a definite plus! Shopping and dining options in the District are plentiful and
Magazine Street is where you’ll find it.
There are plantation homes too, just outside the city. Tours are available to visit a number of them. If you have a car, a good map will get you there.
Artists and writers have found inspiration in
Some have lived here - Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, John Kennedy Toole,
Anne Rice - to name just a few. Many
others have found the city to be the perfect setting for their novel or movie. New Orleans
|Ante bellum plantation|
Food is also an art here in the Big Easy. Home of so many specialty dishes it’s mind boggling. From Beignets to Bananas Foster to Oysters and Crawfish to Eggs Benedict to Poboys to Muffalettas to Jambalaya and Gumbo to … well, I could go on and on. But you get the picture. I had the ‘Redneck Eggs’ for breakfast at
one morning - poached eggs on Fried
Green tomatoes with Hollandaise Sauce and a side of Praline Bacon. Oh. My. The
Bananas Foster stuffed French Toast is delicious as well, but, um…. You’d
better have a H U G E appetite if you order that! Elizabeths
And although I know it won’t taste the same I had to buy a jar of olive relish to try and make Muffalettas at home. The friendly guy behind the counter at Central Grocery gave me an impromptu history of the place while he fixed and heated my sandwich. It made a mighty fine lunch with a glass of white wine.
The Gumbo Fest was in full swing the weekend I was there.
was filled with
artists, food vendors and an entertainment stage – all Free! The smoked gumbo
was outstanding as was the shrimp and crawfish mac and cheese. The
entertainment – from the Cajun and Zydeco to the high school marching bands –
had crowds dancing. It was early November and it felt like summer, being
outdoors, sampling good food and listening to good music. Louis Armstrong
And of course I have to mention the cemeteries. They are spooky, yet beautiful, and spark a wildfire in the imagination. I have driven out to
Metairie and spent hours perusing some
of the most beautiful tombs. This trip I stopped in at ,
across the street from Commander’s Palace. It’s not hard to see where Anne Rice
likely got some of her inspiration! Lafayette Cemetery
There are other neighborhoods and other tourist attractions
I have yet to see – and I can’t wait to get back and check out a few more.
|Scenes in Metairie|
|Tombs in Lafayette Cemetery|
|Stones in a heart shape - makes me wonder -is someone paying respect or is there a little voodoo going on here???|
Although I did not get my fortune told in
Jackson Square while I was there, I think
I see another visit to the in my future. Soon.
Very soon! Crescent
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