We picked up Jill at the New Orleans Metropolitan Airport at 10:45 this morning and made our way into the core of the city. The Pelham Hotel where we are staying is only one block from Canal Street which borders the west side of the French Quarter. The streets are narrow, vehicles are numerous and parking is at a premium in this area of New Orleans so we were glad to find that the hotel valet parks all it’s guest vehicles, even those with 12 foot cargo trailers!
We have sampled a muffuletta from Central Grocery Co. and beinets (think state fair funnel cakes in a new form) from Cafe Du Monde. The Jackson Square gardens and views of the Mississippi River from the river walk were exceptional. Of course the sights, sounds and smells of Boubon Street in the heart of the French Quarter had to be experienced first hand to understand. The cliche of ” a bar/restaurant on every corner” is taken to the far end of extreme here, with only an occasional t-shirt, trinket or voodoo shop to add variety. New Orleans is also the home of huge southern antebellum mansions that had to seen to be believed.
We all experienced the live music and night life of Bourbon Street and can only imagine what Mardi Gras is like. The rest of the stories will have to be told in person!