We headed out of the starting gate this week with a trip to New Orleans, LA. Brian had a conference, and as much as we would have liked to see some of him this trip, it was mainly a sightseeing trip for three.
The one time I visited New Orleans before was in my single, childless 20s for JazzFest, so this was a very different trip. But let me tell you, New Orleans is a great place for families to visit. Fasten your seatbelts for a post of pictures.
We were rather disappointed the streetcar wasn't running on our section of St. Charles because of road contruction, but the bus system is easy and straightforward and got us to any destination too far of a walk for short legs. Then, when we finally we got to ride a streetcar, it was blase for this seasoned public transportation rider:
I love, love, love that the trees along St. Charles still sport the memories of Mardi Gras. Year-round decor!
Leo was pleased by this, as well. Especially with the fallen ones.
I took an absurd number of pictures of trees. I grew up around trees like this, and I miss them--the ones whose branches are so long and heavy they drag the ground and you can walk right up. All that moss, all that heavy shade.
|This one's over 250 years old!|
New Orleans boasts a zoo and an aquarium, and I recommend both.
Great variety of animals at the zoo: rhinos, giraffes, gorillas, orangutans, and more! There was even a two-headed snake (birth defect). This horrified me so much I couldn't even bring the children's attention to it.
|Two Komodo dragons!|
The highlights of the aquarium were the sting ray touch pool and the frogs, according to my children. I liked the penguins and the piranhas (not together), but the kids couldn't be bothered with them.
And during the hot afternoons, what child doesn't love the hotel pool? Leo mastered the skill of scooting around the edge with me hovering nearby. He also learned what happens when you let go of the side and is none the worse for wear.
No trip to NOLA is complete without good food and I satisfied my cravings for gumbo, a muffaletta, and even ordered this extraordinary crawfish dog (made of crawfish and topped with crawfish etoufee, ohmy).
Next up: a quick trip to Asheville for a friend's 50th birthday party and then Utah!
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