Although, we somehow found ourselves in the French Quarter on a daily basis, there is so much more to see in New Orleans!
For one, New Orleans has beautiful cemeteries! I regret not taking any photos because when I get cold, I become a failure of a blogger, but wandering through a cemetery is something that shouldn’t be missed. Many of the more touristy ones have been cleaned up since Katrina, but I’d say stick to visiting one in the day time since you never know who or what can lurk. Since the water table is high, most graves are not the traditional 6 feet deep you see elsewhere, instead there are some really beautiful mausoleums and crypts. Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District is one that’s been featured in countless movies, but we also walked by another gorgeous one in Mid-City that I forgot the name of. Either way, there’s something peaceful and beautiful there.
As mentioned before Tony and I stayed in Mid-City, a neighborhood next to City Park. I don’t know much about the history of it, but the house looked cute and the streets with the crazy trees were quite enchanting.
City Park, a park named for exactly what it is, is a beautiful urban escape. Had I not been completely sore, I would have gone for a run after the race.
I like to title this one Tony and Liana and when Liana tells Tony to clean up after himself. JK =).
One day, we walked over to Parkway Bakery & Tavern for some Po’ boys. We got a shrimp po boy and a cat fish po boy. Both were delicious and now Tony wants to eat like a po boy all the time.
We drove by this artful switch-box
A bayou by the po boy shop.
Another neighborhood that we visited was the Garden district and Irish channel.
I stopped by Big Fisherman Seafood and got a crawfish pie for breakfast!
Afterwards we met up for another Free by Foot tour of the Garden District. Since it was technically winter, the gardens weren’t much to look at; however, the houses were still amazing. Also, since this neighborhood is on a slight incline, it of course wasn’t hit as hard by Katrina as the less affluent communities were.
Above is Sandra Bullock’s home and it was my favorite.
Governor’s palace, we didn’t eat there, but I thought I would snap a photo of the blueness
Where we did eat was the Rum house. Those were my favorite tacos that I ever had. I got a lamb taco, a fried oyster, balsamic veggies and coleslaw. Tony got steak, fish, and pork taco with some polenta.
We took a bus from midcity to the Garden district, but you could also take the Charles street Charlie, one of the oldest trolleys in the country.
Another quiet street in the garden district at 11AM on a Monday
Another morning we got some breakfast at Surrey’s in Uptown.
I went simple with two eggs, balsamic veggies, and a biscuit
Tony got a scramble with a biscuit and some cheesy grits.
And if you have an extra hour to kill and a car at your disposal? Check out the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, world’s longest continuous bridge! The longest of the two bridges is 23.86 miles, almost a marathon!
What’s your favorite bridge? I might be bias, but I love the Zakim bridge in Boston!