New Orleans, Louisiana
Last summer we were in Montana when we first thought that New Orleans for Christmas sounded like a great idea. At the time I didn't realize we have friends here, so it's even better!
It's surprising to find Bayou Segnette State Park just off a main highway of the good sized town of Westwego. But I'm pleased to see that the park itself is a lovely setting among trees along the bayou. We have water and 50 amp hookups, asphalt pad, wooden deck, both fire pit and bbq, picnic table, and we're close to a nice showerhouse. The spaces have good separation with a lot of space behind. We have a few neighbors while here, but the park is never more than 40% full.
|Site #4 Bayou Segnette State Park|
|Our first Armadillos - such weird little critters|
Friday Bill gets in touch with our friends who live in the area - two brothers and a sister we went to high school with have all been here for years. We arrange to see them the next day so we head into the city to check out the Superdome, home of the Saints football team.
We can see it from the highway, a big gold disc in the middle of downtown. An arena of championship game-play, also stained with the nightmares of Katrina survivors.
This is the tenth stadium we've driven to see since our travels started, and by far the most disappointing. Because the disc we see from far away is all we see when we arrive. They obviously don't want anyone to see the stadium, it is completely enclosed with a multi-level parking lot that charges $20 no matter how long you stay. It feels very unwelcoming and we continue on.
|Been there, kept going.|
|The Quarter is dwarfed by the newer Downtown.|
Men in gold skirts, couples with matching boas, groups of young men with plastic cups sloshing as much as they're consuming, dogs in leopard print, retirees taking photos. Some of those in their car :-)
This looks and feels and smells and sounds like New Orleans.
|I love the character in the non-renovated old buildings|
|Hard to see the beads in the low light.....but there's lots of them!|
|Get it all done in one stop!|
|Everything's so sparkly here|
|Whatcha eatin' up there??|
|Our waiter Isiah makes them extra special :-)|
We end the evening with dinner and more visiting at the home of Lois' daughter. A perfect Christmas Eve.
|Bill and Bryan|
|Jodee, Bob, Bill and Lois|
Many places are closed for the holiday, and the crowd is much tamer than our first visit. It's wonderful to stroll the historic tracks, marvel at the architecture and shop windows, and especially to listen to the soulful street music.
|The infamous House of Voodoo which I intend to come back to when it's open, but unfortunately I don't :-(|
|Giant bubbles floating down the street|
|Wonderful shop windows|
Our Christmas dinner is divine from beginning to end.
|Sazarac - a lovely slow sip|
|Bill's filet mignon. My fish was perfect too.|
|This is what bread pudding should always taste like.|
|Having a tree this year makes it feel more like Christmas.|
We've been to New Orleans twice in the past three years for the French Quarter Festival in early April and had an absolute blast! Going to New Orleans for Christmas is now on my list, too. :-) Your fancy Christmas dinner looks fabulous. And I'm so happy that Doreen (the amazing clarinetist/vocalist) was playing while you were there! Wishing you another year of grand adventures. :-))ReplyDelete
Wow! I had no idea what her name was - she was indeed amazing. There was less New Orleans colors for the Christmas decor than I expected. The red and green traditional was pretty, but I did expect more Mardi Gras green and purple. Still, it was fun to be there for the holiday beauty and yummies. Wishing you and Eric a 2017 filled with magic and wonder.Delete
We lived in Pensacola, so New Orleans was just a 3 hour drive. We went there several times a year, with one of those times being Christmas. Always been one of our favorite cities, and with the best restaurants! Happy New Year! Maybe our paths will cross in 2017.ReplyDelete
How wonderful to be so close to that exciting city! The food in LA is dangerous - we must move on or buy new pants :-)) Would love to meet up this year, we'll be staying west I think.Delete
When we visited NOLA we got caught up in a parade with Larry the Cable Guy. Great food and music in the French Quarter.ReplyDelete
Oh how fun :-))) This is a pretty quiet time of year (probably not last night) in the Quarter so while we could find parking, there wasn't the "buzz" of activity.Delete
It sounds like Christmas is the time for people not fond of crowds to go to Nola. Glad you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
It was great for us!Delete
How fun! Another place I want to visit one day. Thanks for the tour! Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and Ron and Rufus! It is a fun place for sure.Delete
Being I'm not a lover of crowds, or cities, I'd say Christmas would be a great time to visit NOLA. But I don't see it on my list so am glad to see it through your eyes. Always nice to have friends along our travels.ReplyDelete
It is very much a city, so not for those who don't like them - although the bayous and swamps are pretty darn cool :-)Delete