The entrance to our room is through the gate on the right. This looks like a small, little house, but it's very deep. I believe there are 5 or so rooms in this "guest house".
This is a photo of one of the streets in the French Quarter. The houses are very narrow, but very deep. There are different styles and different colors.
Kelly also told us about an area just outside of the French Quarter that we had never heard of. In fact, in the past we were told to not leave the French Quarter. It's called Frenchman Street and it is really awesome. This is a street where you will find less tourists and more locals. It's a street of pubs and restaurants. There are live bands in each one playing jazz, blues, country, and rock and roll. There is also an alley full of local vendors, local artists. We spent our first and second evening here and really enjoyed every moment of it.
This is a not so great photo of the Sweet Street Symphony. They are performing on Frenchman Street. I wish I would have captured a better photo of the guy sitting down in front of the bass. He was wearing a black speedo and ruby red slippers. He is incredibly talented. We really enjoyed this band. There is so much talent in New Orleans.
Of course, we also did some of the very touristy things, as well. We love the fact that there is so much to do in New Orleans.
How can you go to New Orleans and not get some beignets and a cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde. There is also Cafe Beignet, that makes fabulous beignets, as well. And they are not cash only.
We found this really cute little restaurant close to the Royal Barracks. It's called, Eat. They have fabulous food. I had the chicken and dumplings, and they were amazing. It was served in a small cast iron skillet. The chicken, vegetables, and broth were topped with three gigantic biscuits. Delicious.
This is actually a group of wedding guests. I had no idea, but apparently if you get married in the French Quarter, then you can participate in this "tradition". I seriously have no idea if it's a tradition or not, all I know is what I saw. Several times. A police escort leads the party and shuts down the street. The bride and groom lead the group, the bride with a white, lace umbrella. The wedding guests follow and they wave white dinner napkins in the air. They are all dancing and cheering. It's very interesting to watch.
This beer is made in New Orleans. SG tried it and he really liked it. Once we returned to Dallas, we discovered it is easily found here, as well.
Come back soon for Day 3 and Day 4.