My husband and I just returned from our third trip to New Orleans. Why do we love this city so much? Well, it was perfectly summed up by a young woman from Taiwan with whom I chatted while waiting for a music club to open. I asked her if she’d been to New Orleans before, and she said that this was her first visit. When I asked her what she’d done so far, she said, “I have taken many pictures of the architecture, but I am here for the food and for the music.” Architecture, food, and music – yup, that about sums it up!
This time around, we decided to stay at the Cornstalk Hotel. As the story goes, in the mid-1800s, the homeowner’s wife was homesick for Iowa. To ease her sadness, he had a fence made in the shape of a row of cornstalks. The grand Victorian home has since been turned into a hotel. We loved it there.
The only problem was that our beautiful leaded glass window, as seen in the photo below, had no blinds or curtains! This made for quite a bit of street noise and sunlight coming in.
On our first night in town, we had dinner at one of our favorite New Orleans restaurants, The Green Goddess. We sat outside and enjoyed the nice, warm evening and delectable food.
After stuffing ourselves silly, we strolled around the French Quarter for a bit. When we were finally ready for dessert, we stopped in at Sucré for coffee and macarons.
The next morning, we slowly made our way over to the Jackson Square area for a leisurely Sunday brunch. Sunday brunch is a VERY big thing in New Orleans. Along the way, we admired the beautiful old buildings and their ornate iron balconies.
After brunch, we slowly made our way to Frenchmen Street, stopping in at little galleries, art shops, and antique stores along the way. Once on Frenchmen, we went to our favorite club there, The Spotted Cat. As always, the music was excellent!
We hit some other little music clubs along Frenchmen Street, had a lovely dinner at Sylvain, and called it a night.
Monday started with beignets, of course!
We then walked along the Mississippi for a spell.
Just for something different, we decided to take the ferry across the river to Algiers Point, a quiet and charming little neighborhood. At $2.00 per person each way, the ferry ride was the best bargain of our trip!
Back in the French Quarter, we decided to hit Latitude 29 for drinks and apps. This tiki bar is both delicious and fun!
After our little happy hour, it was time for a rest. Once refreshed and ready for dinner, we made our way to Angeline for an excellent meal, stopping to take more pictures along the way.
After dinner, we went back to Frenchmen Street for more musical entertainment. We enjoyed a street band, wandered through the Frenchmen Street Art Market, and ended up at Snug Harbor for a performance by the Charmaine Neville Band. Ms. Neville’s cousin, Garrett Morris (one of the original cast members of SNL and currently on the sitcom 2 Broke Girls), was in the audience (which was only about 30 or 40 of us due to the intimate size of the venue). He even got up onstage and joined in for a song. What a great show!
Tuesday was our last day in NOLA. We packed our bags and left them at the hotel, and then wandered back to the Jackson Square area. We stopped by the St. Louis Cathedral before having lunch at Muriel’s.
With just a few hours left before heading to the airport, we decided to visit The Presbytere, one of the Louisiana State Museum locations. The first floor was all about hurricanes, mostly Katrina. It was very moving. The second floor was all about Mardi Gras. It was very entertaining!
And with that, we headed back to the hotel to catch a cab to the airport. As it turns out, there was no need to hurry. Our flight out of New Orleans was delayed due to weather, which meant that we missed our connection in New York. Which meant that we spent the night at JFK International Airport. But that’s a story for another day.