You hear the jazz and feel the spirit as soon as you step off the plane. Our private driver greeted us and we proceeded to our hotel without the lines for taxis and shuttles. In a short time, we arrived at The Wyndham in the French quarter and it was a perfect location. A couple of blocks from the night life of Bourbon street, a short walk down Canal St to the Harrah’s Casino or a stroll down Royal St. with is historic neighborhood and you are on Decatur with its charm, and lively ness of street performers, artist, the French market, St Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square Café Du Monde and you can’t miss the Central Grocery where you can get the best muffuletta around. So much to do and see.
We took the city tour, an informative 2 hours which took us through the many diverse neighborhoods, the garden district with its beautiful homes, the history of the French quarter and Bourbon street. We also toured the devastation of the still ruined lower 9th ward that was hit by Katrina, and the shopping district on Magazine street. We visited a City Cemetery as we learned more about the history of New Orleans and the difference between the creole and Cajun. This city tour is a little hidden gem. That I would recommend to any first timer to this wonderful city.
Then came the St. Patrick’s Day parade. For a town that is famous for its parades they can never be outdone. The beads and trinkets where thrown and the Guinness was flowing. The celebration included entertainment for all ages. The crowds were completely full of the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. If you are not wanting the crowds of Mardi Gras this is a great time of year to visit.
We took a ferry across the Mississippi, a way to take beautiful pictures of the wonderful St Louis cathedral, when we arrived on the other side at Algiers Point there was a great little restaurant, called the Dry dock café, established in 1898. We enjoyed sitting outside listening to some wonderful music and ate some amazing shrimp. If you are in New Orleans take that ferry ride across the river and visit this hidden gem.
We finished off our visit with a river boat dinner cruise. The boat starts with a calipee concert that was used to tell the town the riverboat was in town. Once aboard we enjoyed a wonderful buffet and the Duke’s Jazz band. Although there was a chill in the air we sat on the deck and watched as the Riverwalk and the city lights passed by.
New Orleans is a town with much history, excitement, great food and a wonderful story that it would love to tell you, so consider this wonderful town for your next getaway.