Ah…the Big Easy, NOLA, N’awlins, call it what you will, we’ve arrived in New Orleans – the final stop on our NYC2NOLA American Road Trip! After eight stops (New York, Philly, Washington DC, Asheville, Charlotte, Charleston, Savannah and Atlanta) and just 24 hours in town, we couldn’t be happier or more impressed with this city.
Following in the footsteps of millions before us, we walked the well-beaten path directly to the French Quarter upon arriving in NOLA and ended up on the infamous Bourbon Street just as the sun went down. Tired from the 8 hour drive we didn’t make it very long, but we will most certainly be back to have at least one hurricane! Last night, we fell into bed at the InterContinental New Orleans, where we’ll be sleeping incredibly soundly for our five nights in the Big Easy.
We broke the fast this morning with brunch at the NOLA institution The Court of Two Sisters. A low-key jazz band made the atmosphere atmosphere unmistakeably New Orleans, as did the countless creative cajun seafood options. We found plenty of vegetarian food to stuff our bellies before heading to the Mississippi river through Jackson Square before hoofing it over to the Garden District.
Several square blocks of impressive historical mansions sit along wide tree-lined roads, and the peaceful 4 mile stroll was incredibly relaxing.
What was supposed to be a snack ended up as a full meal when we stopped at Mahoneys Po-Boy Shop on Magazine Street for Fried Green Tomatoes and an Eggplant Parmigiana Po-Boy (a traditional Louisiana sandwich) before continuing our exploration of Magazine street’s unique independent little shops.
We continued our tour of New Orleans by hopping on the St Charles tram line (so cute!) and stopped at Lafayette Square for the kick-off of the New Orleans seafood festival. While nothing on the menu tickled our (vegetarian) fancy, we really enjoyed the Zydeco band Rockin’ Dopsie Jr, and if you like seafood and Zydeco music, you need to make any excuse possible to get down here for next years even!