Into every life a little rain must fall, right?! Ooh, we were so excited for our RV park in New Orleans – looked really good online: pool, hot tub, locks us in at night, close to town. We know better than to get excited and yet we were and here we are the next day, trying to figure out if we should leave and find another one even though we already paid for the week. I could list all the things wrong, but that’s boring. Just know that we are bummed and can’t decide if we are going to make the best of it or run.
So today was exploring New Orleans! Dan and I had spent a few days here in 1998, (the campground we stayed at was worse than ours now) and we remember it fondly. The food, the smells, the gardens, and the history of the city itself.
We started the day at Morning Call and had beignets and alligator sausage. We all tried Dan’s coffee – smelled great and had the consistency of sludge! Our waiter thought he’d rip us off by not giving us change, but I stuck out my hand and smiled. We’re not dumb tourists anymore and being overly polite went away a long time ago. The cafe is in the middle of City Park, and it was high on our list for exploring. There are old oak trees, as in 600 years old, and we wanted to see them. The park is a busy place, so it was a good hike. We were bummed to see all the litter, but happy to see that some trees survived Hurricane Katrina and that they’ve planted 1,000’s more.
Jackson Square in the middle of the French Quarter – and I got one picture without people in it! The whole area was packed because of the conventions in town and spring break. Dan and I couldn’t believe how small the Quarter has gotten since our last visit, man, it is weird to be and older adult!
This was after it rained and at the end of our walking tour. The kids weren’t as impressed as we were hoping they would be, but they did see and understand how Hurricane Katrina affected the city and how much work it took the residents to recover. We had lunch at the French Market and tried 4 different dishes – hot to bland and all were good. Eliza and I loved the spicy rice, but the dark brown gumbo was a little too thick for us. We had hoped to do some gift shopping here, but there weren’t that many small businesses open, unless we wanted to buy a t-shirt from a bar! We ended up doing 11 things on my list – which we thought would take days – so not sure what we’ll do for the rest of the week!