New Orleans, LA. 25-27 Sep 2012
We pulled into New Orleans mid-afternoon on Tuesday & headed straight to our hotel’s pool. We relaxed poolside for the remainder of the day before heading out to explore the city.
On our way out to hit the town we were advised to head to Frenchmen’s Street to avoid the tourists yet still experience some New Orleans culture. We stumbled across a great little dive bar called Coop’s Corner our friend Alex told us was a must go to bar in New Orleans. We took one look at the menu and decided to have dinner there. The food was so good we went there for dinner the next night as well.
While we were eating we overheard a couple sitting next to us at the bar talking about their trip so far. We couldn’t help but to ask them if they were road tripping also. It turns out they were from Vancouver & they have been traveling throughout the US on their motorcycles for the last couple months and will spend the next 18 months traveling throughout the US and South America. They plan to have their journey last about 5 years and it will eventually take them to South Africa! They have a great blog, check it out!
After dinner we wandered around Frenchmen’s Street in search of some great live music. We stumbled across a bar called the Pussycat Club. They had a great band playing swing music and a bunch of people on the dance floor swing dancing to the music. We headed home shortly after the band finished playing to rest up for the next day.
We woke up the next morning ready to soak in all of what New Orleans had to offer. We headed straight to the famous Cafe Du Monde to try their beignets. Needless to say they did not disappoint. After that we walked down the river for a bit then headed through the French Market. We made our way through the French Quarter and had lunch at a small restaurant called the Gumbo Shop. After lunch we headed back to the hotel for nap time and to take advantage of the pool. Later we headed out to experience the best of what New Orleans has to offer, Bourbon Street. We did the typical tourist thing and walked down Bourbon Street. Once we felt we had enough of tourists we went in search of somewhere to have dinner that could compete with our dinner from the night before. We wandered around for about an hour in search of the perfect restaurant only to head back to Frenchmen’s Street to have dinner yet again at Coop’s Place. Just like the night before, their food did not disappoint. After a late dinner we headed back to our hotel.
We woke up the next morning and headed out. Before leaving town we drove through City Park and Bayou St. John to appreciate some of New Orleans architecture. We headed out of town early afternoon for Texas!