Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

French Quarter -- New Orleans

We recently spent a day in New Orleans, exploring the French Quarter. I needed to interview a horse trainer in east Louisiana, and the boys had never been to the Big Easy, so we decided to make a trip of it.

Bob and I had been to New Orleans nearly twenty years ago. The French Quarter looks the same, no lingering scars from Katrina that we could see. I love the architecture, the history, the sights, the sounds. Not so much the smells, but I can get past that.

Jackson Square. Also here on the Square is the Louisiana State Museum. This museum is currently all about the history of Mardi Gras, which happens to begin soon, Jan. 6th.

What's a trip to New Orleans without cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde. Definitely worth waiting in line for.

We spent all day strolling and exploring the narrow streets of the French Quarter. My favorite is Royal Street, with its art galleries, antique shops, jewelry stores, hidden courtyards, colorful street musicians and entertaining magicians.

Here's an example of Christmas in the Quarter. Note the "Saints Country" sign. Saints fans may not be quite as fanatical as Steelers fans, but they've certainly got the fever this year.


Holly said...

Hey! I've been reading your blog for a while now and thought I should finally comment.

My father is from Pittsburgh and moved to Lake Charles about 23/24 years ago! I find it so cool that y'all have the same story!

Common Household Mom said...

I loved all the pix of San Fran, Christmas, and New Orleans. You certainly have been doing a lot of traveling lately. Happy New Year!
- Carolyn

Angie Kay Dilmore said...


Thanks for keeping up with my blog. I'll add yours to my list of regulars, too. BTW, love the necklaces!

Carolyn, Happy New Year to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. Please enlightern me about Mardi Gras. I thought that it would start on Feb. 16. I too felt Bourbon Street smelled. When I pulled up to the Royal Sonesta for a conference I really wanted to come right back to Pittsburgh. New Orleans grows on you. It is a great place to visit. I have read your blog daily since March. All of you have been in continued thoughts and prayers. Your strength is to be admired. I send wishes that 2010 is a healthy happy and safe year for All of you. - Amy Pgh.