When in NOLA, the Big Easy, the great city of New Orleans, there are so many things to do. I visit every time I can, and there are so many things I have not seen. It is a city that becomes a part of you one trip at a time. It reminds me of Charleston and New York… I know that is a strange combination. This great city and time with your oldest daughter and friends- what could be better?
The weather was a deciding factor in my departure time. Winter decided to laugh in the face of my cute little buttercups in the yard, and winter is still laughing.
We arrived in New Orleans after dark, and our hotel was off the main track, but we found it quickly. It was adorable. We stayed at the Chateau Hotel on Chartres Street. It is at the corner of Chartres and St. Phillip. It is in an amazing location two blocks from Jackson Square, Bourbon Street and the Old French Market. You enter in the lobby and then you go outside to get to your room. The key is an old big key not a little swipe card. The rooms are small, but the rooms have so much character. A continental breakfast is delivered to your room. It is like being on a cruise. You choose what you want, and it is delivered. It is a part of your hotel room fee. Everyone was friendly and very helpful. Check out is 1:00 which really helps when you have a late conference date.
We ventured out and ate at one of my favorite brunch places- the Ruby Slipper on Magazine. It was wonderful as usual. www.therubyslippercafe.net/
The wind tunnel on Canal Street is for real. When you walked down a side street, it was so much warmer.
I have been able to curb my clothes purchases that I do not need since retirement and honestly, my primary wardrobe is sweat pants and a sweat shirt, but I still battle my shoe obsessions. As we walked around, we found an unusual show store. I did not buy anything, but these shoes were the real deal! SHOE.BE.DO! – An Addiction www.shoebedousa.com/
Great boots on sale on the website. Click on SALE.
We finished the day with beignets and great coffee at Café Du Monde. It is still amazing to me that your coffee is served two ways: Coffee Black or Au Lait and that you can order beignets or beignets. They come in orders of three with an abundant amount of powdered sugar. http://www.cafedumonde.com/
Dinner at Café Pontalba was very good. The hotel manager told us that this was where the locals ate. The gumbo and sea food platter were very good. http://www.neworleansrestaurants.com/cafe_pontalba/
Later we went to Bourbon to hear the great bands, to view the unique sites and visit with other people presenting at the many medical conferences this weekend.
We had a lazy day as Kelley prepared for the conference. We drove out to Audubon Park and looked at the park and the beautiful campus of Loyola. The one ways streets tormented me, but we finally made it to the InterContinental hotel on St. Charles Avenue, and we found wonderful parking right beside the hotel with a very kind attendant.
Kelley looked beautiful and confident as she prepared for the presentation.
Mardi Gras King Cake flavored ice cream or vodka
Girls + travel = Lots of stuff
Thank you, New Orleans Firefighters!
A trip to New Orleans is always a good idea!
Next up: Florence, Jackson, and the Cereal Capital of the World