New Orleans – Part 1

Recently we went on a cruise to Mexico and Honduras and afterwards spent a day/night in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This was my first time visiting New Orleans and I have to say I was a little apprehensive about whether I would like it.  We knew it would be busy since our arrival was one week before the 2014 Superbowl.

We were able to disembark the ship early since we didn’t need help with suitcases and we weren’t heading to the airport. After disembarkment, we took a cab to the Holiday Inn which is in the French Quarter. We had arranged to stay here for one night so that we’d be able to walk around easily.

Holiday Inn, Chateau Lemoyne, French Quarter, Louisiana
Holiday Inn, Chateau Lemoyne, French Quarter, Louisiana

Although we arrived at the hotel early, they allowed us to check in and did not charge us extra. That was really really nice! Our room was very large, clean and quiet.

Holiday Inn, Chateau Lemoyne, French Quarter, Louisiana
Holiday Inn, Chateau Lemoyne, French Quarter, Louisiana
Holiday Inn - French Quarter
Holiday Inn – French Quarter, Louisiana
Holiday Inn, Hotel Toiletries
Holiday Inn, Hotel Toiletries, French Quarter, Louisiana

The hotel has a swimming pool but we did not make use of it since our time here was short.

Swimming Pool, Holiday Inn, French Quarter, Louisiana
Swimming Pool, Holiday Inn, French Quarter, Louisiana

After dropping off our suitcases in the room, we headed back to the lobby and asked the concierge if he could recommend a place where we could have breakfast. The concierge was absolutely wonderful! He was very informative about where we could eat and about the area in general.

So, off we went to the Cafe Fleur de Lis Restaurant for breakfast.

Cafe Fleur de lis Restaurant
Cafe Fleur de lis Restaurant

We had a very pleasant (and large) breakfast here and the food was delicious! I had the buttermilk pancakes which were oh-so-moist. They were served with real maple syrup.

Buttermilk Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes

My husband had eggs benedict (although I can’t seem to find them on the online menu).

Eggs Benedict?
Eggs Benedict

My son had a spinach feta wrap. Both the food and the service were really good.

Spinach, Feta Wrap
Spinach and Feta Wrap

After breakfast we started walking around the French Quarter and noticed interesting architecture.

Building, New Orleans, Louisiana
Building, New Orleans, Louisiana
Building, New Orleans, Louisiana
Building, New Orleans, Louisiana
Building, New Orleans, Louisiana
Pirates Alley, New Orleans, Louisiana

Later on we saw people riding on a horse drawn carriage — I assumed they must have been on a tour.

Horse Drawn Carriage, New Orleans, Louisiana
Horse Drawn Carriage, New Orleans, Louisiana

There are quite a few pictures for me to share so I’ll let you look through them without too much comment.

Doorknob, New Orleans, Louisiana
Doorknob, New Orleans, Louisiana

We walked into this church called the St Louis Cathedral and they were having church services so I wasn’t able to get any photos of the inside.

St Louise Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana
St Louise Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana
St Louis Cathedral, French Quarter
St Louis Cathedral, French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
St Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana
St Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana
Fountain, New Orleans, Louisiana
Fountain, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jackson Park, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana
CBS Sign, Superbowl, Jackson Park
CBS Sign, Superbowl 2013, Jackson Square
Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana
Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana
French Quarter Tourist, New Orleans, Louisiana
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

See the building behind the fountain with the blue doors? Local artists sell some of their art here. One of the ones I met personally and whose art I thought was absolutely unbelievable was  named Wanda Wiggins. She buys local and African fabric and makes contemporary African art with them. Beautiful! Click here to go to her website.

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
Garden, New Orleans, Louisiana
Garden, New Orleans, Louisiana
Street Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Street Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

Rose

Hats, New Orleans, Louisiana
Hats, New Orleans, Louisiana
Market, New Orleans, Louisiana
Market, New Orleans, Louisiana
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
St Mary's
St Mary’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
St Mary's Italian Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
St Mary’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana

We did quite a bit of walking and I, as usual, had my camera in hand so I could snap photos of people, buildings or things that I found interesting.

Later in the afternoon, we came across a famous restaurant called the Cafe du Monde.  Have you heard of it? I was told that if I go to the French Quarter I needed to “experience” their beignets which are square pieces of dough that are fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are very delicate, are oh so sweet (not good for a person eating paleo) and are served in threes which was perfect for us.

Cafe du Monde Sign, New Orleans
Cafe du Monde Sign, New Orleans, Louisiana
Cafe du Monde Menu
Cafe du Monde Menu, New Orleans, Louisiana
Beignet at Cafe du Monde
Beignets at Cafe du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana

Well, there are more pictures that I took but I’ve decided to include them in a separate post so this one doesn’t become too lengthy.

Click below to go to the Part 2 of New Orleans.

New Orleans – Part 2

 

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