|Marilyn, TnT, and Bob and Janet|
First I must address the issue of whether or not it is safe to tour this unique part of the city. At no time did we feel the least bit nervous or threatened in any way. I am sure that a person could find trouble if they wanted to, but for the average visitor, I would not hesitate to recommend a visit here. And to think we almost missed out on the fun, because we had heard it was unsafe.....
Now, Ed and Marilyn have been here before, and with their experience, they made our day a blast.
We started by taking a ferry across the Mississippi, and leaving our cars in a parking lot. This saved us the stress of driving over the bridge, and finding a place to park. Plus, the ferry was free !!
|Our first glimpse of the French Quarter|
as we boarded the ferry
As you can see in the photos, the weather was great. I don't dare say too hot, because our friends back at home would leave nasty comments, I am sure. They were forecasting showers, but the rain appeared overnight, and all was calm for our fun today.
As soon as the ferry landed, we took a walk along the river front. We were getting some sneak peeks at where we were heading.
We were told by numerous people, that we would have to try the beignets ( ben-yays ) from Cafe Du Mond, and boy, were they ever right !!
|We were very lucky to be seated right away,|
apparently the line-ups get very long
Having never tasted anything like this before, we were in for a real treat. They definitely lived up to their reputation !
With full tummies, and a little sprinkling of icing sugar on our shirts, we made our way to Jackson Square. I did not realize it was named after Major General Andrew Jackson. See, learning can be fun, kids !!
Jackson square is about a block in size. It is very well maintained, and kept up beautifully.
|A real BANANA tree|
|Beautiful fountain in Jackson Square|
Right across the cobblestone walkway is the
St Louis Cathedral.
You are allowed to enter the sanctuary. Here, we all took a moment out from our fun and laughter, to quietly reflect and give thanks for all we have to be grateful for. We departed with a deep sense of peace, for sure.
Soon after, we walked up and down Bourbon street, and marveled at all the old buildings, and shops.
The other food recommendation from all sorts of people, are the Muffulettas from Central Grocery. Again, these are not to be missed. Yes, there is a line up for them, and yes, it is worth the wait.
|Within minutes, these performed a disappearing act !|
So, are we glad we made the extra effort to visit the Big Easy.... a resounding yes to that one. You cannot describe the atmosphere here. At times it is almost festive. There is music everywhere, street performers, and just a lot of people having fun, and soaking it all up. You must come experience it for yourself. Period.
|A human statue...he was awesome|
We made it home in the late afternoon, and gathered around for a drink, and to share a few laughs.
|I snuck up on this fella in our park|
but it seemed like he was too busy
eating to worry about me
We are all heading out tomorrow to Betty's RV Park, another item on our must-do list. After today, that leaves 998 more items to go !