Sunday, March 23, 2014

Postcard from New Orleans

Oh, boy - what a time we had in New Orleans! As I mentioned, it was a complete surprise to Georgia and Ivy, and they jumped into the adventure with both feet. We spent the better part of our first day at the beautiful City Park, one of the oldest and largest city parks in the country. There is no shortage of things to do, for all ages, and just walking around amongst the live oaks (including one that is over 800 years old!) feels like a vacation itself. Some highlights of our day were the sculpture garden and the children's amusement park:

We stopped for a picnic with po-boys from Johnny's.

The next day, we started the morning off right - with beignets from Cafe Du Monde, of course!

We walked around Jackson Square - and, for the second time in 12 hours, ran into playwright and actor Sam Shepard! Later, we took the streetcar to the Garden District for a tour of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. The girls were fascinated.

We hopped back on the streetcar and went up to Mid-City Lanes Rock'n'Bowl to bowl a few frames before dinner at The Camellia Grill. Full to the top, we headed back to the French Quarter for a wonderful jazz set at Preservation Hall. Such a great day!

 Two Sisters

After a delicious breakfast at The Ruby Slipper Cafe, we took one last spin around Jackson Square. It started to sprinkle, and the fog rolled in - it was beautiful.

Our last stop was Mardi Gras World - which was amazing! We saw artists already hard at work on props and floats for next year's Mardi Gras parades, as well as hundreds of pieces used in past parades. We learned so much and can't wait to go back to see the real thing!

Funny girl.

It was a really special trip, and Georgia and Ivy both responded even better to the city than we thought they would. I believe they've got it in 'em for sure! The only downside of having such a great time is now they know what it means to miss New Orleans ...

But macarons from Sucre can certainly soften the blow.

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