How to approach New Orleans in two short days was challenging given the variety of beautiful and interesting opportunities that waited in the Crescent City. We did our best to get up and started early, making it out of the campground by 10:30 AM each day. Not bad, eh? Logistically we figured we could leave Maggie confined (with the AC on of course) for six or seven hours.
In order to avoid the many bridges in and around the city we were able to drive to Algiers, park, and take a short ferry over to the base of Canal Street, which borders the French Quarter and is also the starting point for many of the streetcar lines. Weather-wise, both days were perfect with clear skies and temps in the mid to upper 70s.
Day One we decided to meander out St. Charles Avenue. We had an all-day trolley pass that enabled us to get on and off as desired and see the sights. A local on the trolley gave us his input as to what to see and the first stop was the Garden District, which is one of the best preserved collections of historic mansions in the Southern US. Had a great walk, taking in the homes in the area, and enjoyed lunch at a sidewalk café on Magazine Street. We finished up the day by riding out past Loyola and Tulane and then turned around for the 45 minute ride back to the Algiers ferry.
Day Two was dedicated to taking in the French Quarter. New Orleans, founded in 1718, developed around the French Quarter which became its central square. Even on a Friday afternoon, the place was rollicking with activity. People everywhere and street musicians competing up and down the streets. Keeping with our typical style, we didn’t have many set destinations in mind, focusing instead on observing the sights and sounds of this area. We got our five mile walk in, enjoyed relaxing in Jackson Square, and taking in the Mississippi River. Many of the restaurants have quiet and secluded courtyards and we enjoyed lunch at Evangeline followed by beignets and coffee at Café Beignet. Maggie was glad to have us arrive back home at the end of what was a long day to her.
Back to reality tomorrow, with shopping and laundry before heading West.