New Orleans

Back in April, we took a little 4-day trip to New Orleans.  It was my first visit, and my husband’s second (he spent one night there while interviewing at Tulane for medical school).  One of his attendings lived in New Orleans for several years, and was spot-on with all her recommendations – we loved the city, and enjoyed everywhere we went.  Thanks to a few little snafus and weather-related power outages (it poured and poured and poured, resulting in some major blackouts), we missed out on some things we were hoping to do, so I guess we’ll just have to go back someday (darn!).  Highlights for us included the jazz at the French Quarter Festival (whenever we go back, I’d probably try to go the same time – the festival is wonderful, free, and there are stages at every corner!), Preservation Hall, and the World War II Museum.  We, of course, tried beignets at both Café du Monde and Café Beignet (we both preferred Café Beignet).  We strolled from our hotel (Hotel Monteleone) in the French Quarter out to the Uptown neighborhood for dinner at La Crepe Nanou one night (delicious!), ate at Bayona another night (it was nice, but didn’t wow us compared to restaurants at home), but most disappointingly, had to cancel our dinner reservations at Restaurant August when my husband came down with flu-like symptoms.  If I had to pick two “must do” activities for anyone else going to New Orleans, it would be attending a jazz performance at Preservation Hall, and drinks at The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel.  I, of course, had a Sazerac, while my husband enjoyed a Ramos Gin Fizz – both delicious.  New Orleans, we’ll be back soon! IMG_4211_2_3_tonemappedwtmk  IMG_4292_3_4_tonemappedwtmk IMG_4232_3_4_tonemappedwtmk IMG_4268_69_70_tonemappedwtmk IMG_4340_1_2_tonemappedwtmk IMG_4328_29_30_tonemappedwtmk IMG_4373wtmk IMG_4309wtmk  IMG_4595_6_7_tonemappedwtmk