Last weekend was a splendid, exploratory day for us in New Orleans. We decided to walk the distance to try brunch (which was actually more like lunch, by the time we got there) at Elizabeth’s, followed by a stroll along Crescent Park (the photo above) and a wander through the French Market, where we bought some really amazing art work and I got a new pair of sunglasses and a fun face mask (hey, when in New Orleans, right?!).
On our way back to our hotel, we were trying to find St. Louis Cemetery (which we did, although unfortunately it was closed for the day) and we stumbled across Basin St. Station (definitely worth a look on your way to the cemetery for information on the evolution of transportation in New Orleans) and the New Orleans Jazz and History Festival, which was really fun.
Here’s a visual journey through our day …
We don’t have a dog, but I need this sign!
Walking through the Marigny section of town to get to brunch.
My eggs florentine, which were good, but I definitely had food envy over Chris’s …
Crabby eggs (basically eggs florentine on top of crab cakes) and cheesy grits. Yum!
Walking along the Crescent Park pathway, which gives you some amazing views of the city, and pretty much brings you right up to the French Market.
These kids playing right near the French Market were so awesome, we just sat and listened to them for a good 15 minutes.
Another second line parade that happened along our path.
Basically there are brides and bridal parties everywhere you turn in New Orleans. And who can blame ’em … what a backdrop!
A bit of a view from the Jazz and History Festival.
You can’t help but love these guys, right? They aren’t even getting married — they’re just celebrating life.
After a quick rest back at the hotel, we headed back out onto the town for some food, live music and art. We had been hearing great things about the po boys at Verti Marte, so we obviously had to check it out, and they did not disappoint. If you can get past the super sketchy feel of this place (it’s basically a small convenient store with a deli at the back where you order), you’ll be impressed with their po boy options, and even more impressed with the taste. Plan to either get yours delivered or eat it out on the street while you people watch on your way to your next destination (which is what we did).
After dinner we tried to get into Three Muses, but they weren’t taking any more people for the night. This is supposed to be a really fun place for tapas and live music, so if you can make it work, I’d recommend trying it. Lucky for us, though, there was a fun bar about two doors down (30/90) which had good drinks and a live band. So we snuck in there for a while, then wandered around Frenchmen Street for a bit, including the Frenchmen Art Market, which was so romantic with its white string lights and tables and tables of local artists selling their wares.