We arrived to New Orleans under cloudy skies. The bridge crossing over Lake Pontachatrain was intense; neither of us expected there to be such a huge bridge. We headed straight for the historic French quarter. It is certainly very colorful but it is old and gritty.
We were hot after a long drive to NOLA so we went to a classic New Orleans institution: Café du Monde. They’ve been serving up iced or hot coffee and beignets for years now. We sat out in the open patio area and sipped our coffee under huge fans. It reminded me of my time in France. Du Monde is a must-visit cafe in New Orleans.
We wandered around on foot a little bit and spotted this pretty Jackson Square with the Louisiana State Museum in the background. There were many horse-drawn carriages available for tourists to hire.
Once we finished the French Quarter, we hopped in the car and headed out to City Park. Apparently, City Park is the country’s 5th largest urban park – even bigger than New York’s Central Park. The trees were huge and stately, possibly more impressive than Savannah.