Monday the 11th we departed Houston and set a course for New Orleans, Louisiana! We left Houston a little later than we had originally planned, and made it to our beautiful hotel in New Orleans (Inn on Bourbon – highly recommend it!) by about 9:30 that night.
Our hotel was right on Bourbon St, probably not the quietest choice, but so handy! We went for a quick walk along Bourbon St, and returned to the hotel for the night.
After a pretty good night’s sleep (considering our room was right on the corner with a balcony overlooking Bourbon St!) we woke up excited to be in New Orleans.
We had a complimentary breakfast in the hotel, nothing fancy, and made a beeline for Jackson Square. There was a walking tour that I found in my Lonely Planet guidebook, so we followed that path, wandering streets and alleys, stopping to look in galleries and shops along the way and taking hundreds of photos.
After our walk we decided to see what all the fuss was about Café du Monde and the beignet’s (pronounced ban-yay). Yummy little donut-like, fried morsels of goodness, covered in powdered (icing) sugar. Heavenly!
After our little afternoon snack we went back to the hotel for a little rest, which we followed by dinner which was terrible! But we ended the day on a high note (unintentional pun coming up!) with 3 hours of fantastic live jazz music!
This band was incredible. We went to this fantastically old place – Preservation Hall. My uncle visited this little hole in the wall place about 25 years ago so it was really cool to go and visit. Best part? It only cost $12 each for three hours of unforgettable music! What a way to top off a great first day in New Orleans!