New Orleans, Louisiana

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you are all doing well. I’ve just arrived back in Italy after a wonderful visit home to the U.S. for the Christmas holidays. Aside from spending time with family & friends, we took a weekend to visit the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana  and enjoy a couple of warm days in the sun. It was a welcome change from the normally frigid days of January! New Orleans has so much to offer, and I regret our stay was so short. BUT that gives us a reason to return again soon. We savored oysters & delicious regional cuisine, nibbled on chewy Pecan Praline sweets from the Southern Candymakers shop on Decatur St., enjoyed a drink (or two) while listening to local jazz musicians, chatted with friendly & inviting residents, wondered at the marine life at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and toured the many art galleries dotted about the French Quarter. If you’re a lover of the Blues, then be sure to catch a show from Big Al Carson appearing nightly at the Funky Pirate Bar on Bourbon St. Our weekend visit timed perfectly with all the excitement buzzing about the city from local sports events. Residents are crazy about their local teams (The Saints football team. The Hornets NBA basketball team. And the LSU Tigers College Basketball team) and evidence of their loyalty can be found about the city represented in a multitude of banners, t-shirts, signs and spirited fans. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious! This is a city that knows how to have a good time- in spite of the recent series of misfortunes like the devastation of Hurricane Katrina & the BP oil spill. The heart of the city still thrives. We stayed in the Westin Hotel located at 100 Iberville Street, a modern and clean hotel with a fabulous breakfast buffet to enjoy before you set about exploring the city. I hope that you will enjoy this short photographic journey of our weekend in New Orleans and put it on your agenda if you ever find yourselves traveling through the American Gulf Coast states. ”Laissez les bon temps rouler!” Let the good times roll! Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone for a healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous 2012! All the best- Cindy

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing your New Orleans stay with us!!

    Lovely pictures (apart from the white alligator… so scary! 🙂 )… what about the King Cake? Is it good? It looks so!!

    • Hi Laura! When you finish exploring Australia, you should really come and enjoy a couple of days in New Orleans! We’ll visit an alligator farm!! :-))) …and then we can enjoy a delicious sweet King Cake as a treat. i hope all is well with you? All the best to you, Laura…Cindy

  2. Cindy,
    Wonderful article about New Orleans, Louisiana….you’re another “”Galloping Gourmet” !!! No one could do New Orleans any better!!!
    Ann

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