Hello, my friends!
Well, this is it – the last post in my vacation series! Today we’re going to visit New Orleans, specifically the French Quarter. I am NOT a city girl and usually don’t enjoy touring cities that much, but this was such a neat experience, oh my goodness! I loved it.
Read on for what alligator meat tastes like, pictures of a gorgeous cathedral, a parking mistake, the longest bridge in the world, and the best game of Dutch Blitz ever. 🙂 Enjoy!
The buildings in New Orleans are so neat! Some of them even have palms and plants growing from them.
I loved this stretch with a beautiful old building on one side and majestic old trees on the other.
We also saw several of these delightful contraptions. 😀
One of the most beautiful sights we visited was the St. Louis cathedral. Here’s a phone picture so you can see the whole thing. Isn’t it absolutely stunning?
I mean, it looked like a castle!
And inside… wow. I haven’t been in many cathedrals but ah, this one was absolutely stunning. It’s impossible to convey the size and grandeur in a photo.
So many rich paintings and gold accents and gorgeous details, especially on the ceiling.
I know the colors are kinda the beautiful part of stained glass windows, but… I couldn’t resist making this one black and white.
After that wonderful stop, we went to find a snack at Cafe Du Monde. We got French doughnuts which were incredibly messy but also incredibly delicious! They tasted pretty much like funnel cakes, but better. Yum – now I want another one. XD
We sat down on a ledge outside the cafe to eat, and thus attracted many sparrows and pigeons. The pigeons cracked me up. They were everywhere with their wide eyes and neon pink feet. I think New Orleans really belongs to them. 😉 They sure act like they own the city!
One thing I do love about walking around cities like this is finding random hidden gems of architecture. These arches looked abandoned, but I loved how brightly colored they were!
This fountain felt very New-Orleans-esque. Music and bright colors.
Such an interesting mix of new and old.
The French Market was filled with all KINDS of shops selling food and trinkets and souvenirs.
I’m not even sure what the “FRESH!!!! Fruit Cups” contained, haha. Anyone know what those little persimmon-looking fruits are?
This was the best place to get pralines, according to some of our friends, so we stopped and bought a couple.
This is a bit of the chocolate kind. They were good, and so was the original flavor. Nothing mind-blowing, but I liked them!
We stopped for an actual lunch at The Market Cafe. (As you can tell, a lot of the New Orleans experience involves food. XD) I got a muffaletta and Megan got alligator bites – I mean, to eat. She didn’t actually get bitten by an alligator. 😛 You can see them past the fries in this picture. They tasted alright; kinda like a mix between chicken nuggets and fried oysters.
There are musicians on practically every street corner, playing trumpets and drums, saxophones and banjos. Lots of jazz. The picture on the right is the guy who played while we ate lunch. 🙂
Another street musician. How is the color scheme so perfect in this photo? 😛
Aren’t these balconies neat?
More interesting architecture details! Isn’t this so pretty?
We walked past a lot of little booths set up in the street, selling art and prints and other such things.
I’m not sure what the story is behind this chain-link fence covered in padlocks, but it must be an interesting one.
And finally, a neat-looking boat we passed on the way back to our camper.
Haha, funny story: when we at last got back to our camper… it was booted. :’D HAHA, we hadn’t paid for enough parking spaces for our huge motorhome! THAT was funny. And kind of annoying. Anyway, someone came and removed it for us soon and we were on our way again.
We crossed the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest bridge over a body of water at 24 miles! It kinda freaked you out to think about too hard, but if you didn’t do that, it was SO neat! Personally, I loved it.
We have just a few miscellaneous pictures left from the trip. Here’s one from an alligator farm we were going to tour and then… no one was there and it didn’t look like much, so we just left. XD At least I got a picture of a parrot!
The second-to-last night we stopped at a lovely campground in Mississippi, I believe it was. The weather was perfect for a picnic!
I will end this vacation series with one of the worst photos but one of the best memories. After our picnic, my siblings and I decided to play a game of Dutch Blitz outside… only it was too dark. So Jeff tied his flashlight to a light pole with a trash-bag drawstring for a high-tech chandelier! We then proceeded with a very long, VERY loud game of Dutch Blitz. We kept remembering old movie quotes or inside jokes, or making up new ones. Thankfully we didn’t have any neighbors to the campsites beside us… Anyway, we had a grand time and much fun. Never underestimate the joy of a good card game.
*happy sigh* These posts were so much fun to make; I hope they were fun to read as well! We were all VERY ready to get back to our own house which felt like a palace after cramming into a camper for 10 days, but it was a really, really good trip. And I’m delighted with the pictures I got, so that’s always a plus!
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Would you like driving over the longest bridge? Ever played Dutch Blitz?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.