You might remember from my Shreveport post how we took a trip to Louisiana in March. Tyler and I had wanted to take a New Orleans vacation for probably more than a year now.
Our freshman year of college, Tyler visited New Orleans on Spring Break on a post-Katrina clean up trip with Engineers Without Borders. Ever since he's wanted to go back, and I'm working on a growing list of notable places to see in our home country.
When we found out we'd be visiting Shreveport for a family event anyway, we decided it would be the perfect time to make the New Orleans trip happen.
The birthday party extravaganza in Shreveport lasted all day Saturday, so we hoteled it Saturday night and left for New Orleans Sunday morning. We arrived in NOLA about 4 pm and checked into Site 61 hostel. This was the first hostel experience for us both, so I will write up another post on that by itself.
After we checked in, Tyler wanted to take me to the French Quarter. We were only staying in New Orleans two nights, so we decided to just focus mainly on this area of town, and did not go on really any additional tours.
We spent most of the evening just wandering around, looking at the buildings - which are so different from ours in Oklahoma - and getting snacks, drinks, and meals.
Tyler always has to be the planner and find the map when he wants to walk around. Well, really he can't just 'walk around' easily, he needs to find somewhere that we are heading to. He's the planner, I'm the wanderer - but planning keeps him happy.
I thought this jazzy chandelier of trumpets was a great representation of the city's history and culture.
For dinner that evening, we went to Muriel's in Jackson square.
It was one of those awkward couple moments, because we had only been to the hostel when we checked in and were still in our day clothes - but everyone else had changed into evening clothes.
We realized once we sat down at Muriel's that it was really a nicer restaurant, and that we weren't dressed the part. No evening gowns required, however we were still underdressed. Luckily the wait staff was still very courteous to us and didn't make us feel more awkward than we made ourselves feel.
Tyler and I have come to the conclusion that vacations are really nothing more than food and new sights, so we typically spend most of our budget on eating - on purpose. We went to Cafe du Monde every day we were there (I mean come on...look at the name of the blog before you judge) and Sunday evening was my first time to have the real thing!
It was also my first time to try beignets, which were *amazing.* If I lived close to here I'd be fat.
Cafe du Monde's coffee was so great and thick. Getting special coffee is always a treat I look forward to!