We made the drive down in one day, so it was dark by the time we reached the city. By the time we crossed Lake Pontchartrain, traffic had increased to ten busy lanes, with motorcycles whizzing between cars. Luckily, I wasn’t driving.
We got to see Marie Laveau’s tomb in the St. Louis Cemetery #1. We also got to ride a ferry across the Mississippi River. We bought some delicious pralines at Southern Candymakers on Decatur St. We tried two days in a row to eat a beignet breakfast at Café du Monde, but, with a line snaking down the street both days, we didn’t get to do that.
We did get to try Gumbalaya ( a mixture of gumbo and jambalaya) and Shrimp Creole, and imbibe in a Hurricane or two. We were accosted by some homeless people, one of whom we bought lunch. We also saw the requisite half-naked girl wearing pasties walking down Bourbon St.
By the end of the weekend, we were exhausted from all the walking. If you haven’t been to the Big Easy, be sure to go if you get a chance. Just remember to take your walking shoes!