We had the opportunity to travel during Kara’s 2010 spring break (and for her birthday).  For this excursion, we journeyed to the French Quarter of New Orleans to indulge in Jazz and Blues music, street artists, and lots of Cajun/creole food.  It was a very good trip, with decent weather, good tasting water, and many things for us to experience and enjoy.

We were able to find a pretty good deal on a one-bedroom condo with a full kitchen that was right in the midst of the main activity of the Quarter. There was enough activity within the Quarter that we never had a need to leave the area (although we did one afternoon to ride a trolley and to visit the Garden District) so we were on foot the entire time.

Some of our highlights include

  • Sampling Pralines at Aunt Sallie’s Praline Shop
  • Lunch amidst the bustle of the French Market
  • French Quarter walking tours
  • Live outdoor music
  • Listening to wonderful jazz/bluegrass music performed by Steamboat Willie at the outdoor Music Legends Park
  • Audubon Park
  • Visiting Frenchman Street
  • Wandering the streets at night
  • Sitting in the sunshine along the Mississippi
  • Kara’s birthday dinner at The Alpine
  • Cajun cooking class
  • Eating beignets at Cafe du Monde at 1 AM and again at 11 AM
  • Eating fresh seafood nearly every day in a wide variety of ways
  • The taxi cab ride to the airport (got great cooking tips from our driver on how to make Gumbo “the correct way”)

As usual, we have put together a video with other pictures from the trip.  It is an 18 minute video, but is very much worth the tim to watch!! http://vimeo.com/10571853