Recently, my hubby and I took a Carnival Cruise out of New Orleans, LA. Basically the whole entire reason why we chose NOLA as our port was so that we could see a little bit of the city before taking off.
When we pulled into NOLA we were starving, so we went straight to the French Quarter. Hi, don’t be like us. Eat a damn Snickers or something because being hangry and trying to find parking in a new city is frustrating as hell. We ended up DRIVING DOWN BOURBON STREET which meant that I’m surprised my husband didn’t divorce me then and there. Just because. The streets are tight, there are cars everywhere. It’s all confusing. Find a parking place before heading into the Quarter. A little walking isn’t so bad. Just be prepared to pay for parking no matter where you park.
Once we were out of the car, it was 100% worth it. I have some kind of fascination with old buildings and the French Quarter has plenty. It was a little rainy, but still comfortable outside. I loved taking in the sights.
We settled on a cool little restaurant named Bourbon Heat for our lunch. They had live entertainers at 1:00 in the afternoon singing jazz music, the employees were dancing in the front of the building welcoming customers. It was an amazing expericence. And this view.
My Gator Po Boy was incredible. After eating we walked around a bit before heading back to the car. We had to make a quick Walmart run for things I forgot.. when we pulled up we discovered that we had a construction nail in our tire. So we ran to a tire shop (NTB) where they informed us that the tire was too thin to patch, we would need a new tire, and they didn’t have any in stock…. So we were basically SOL in NOLA… So, down the road we went. We went to NOLA Tire who patched us, and checked all the remaining tires and gave me a free valve cap for my missing one. For less than 20 dollars and we were out in 20 minutes.
After that fun little disaster was over, we went to check into our hotel room. We booked a room at the Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center. It was a little far from the French Quarter to be walking there, but I would 100% stay there again. The hotel was gorgeous. We were close to the downtown area so we had food, sight seeing and we could walk down to the Riverwalk Marketplace for beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. Also, they shuttled us to and from the port for our cruise… and kept our car in their parking lot. It was the very best service.
Walking to the River Street Market was definitely a highlight of our trip. I loved seeing the Scrap House Monument and doing some people watching. But the real treat was Beigents and Coffee from Cafe Du Monde. They tasted like a giant piece of funnel cake and were pretty much heavenly. After we ate we bought t-shirts for the kids and walked back to our room.
For dinner we trotted down the street for some pizza at Tommy G’s. Justin had a Buffalo Chicken Pizza and I had Lobster Ravioli with Nola Cosmo. Probably the best Lobster Ravioli I’ve ever had.
All in all we had a good time in NOLA and I think everyone should visit there at least once. I have friends that love it there. I’m more of a small beach town girl, but I love seeing new places and beautiful old buildings so NOLA was a must see. I wish we would have had more time to explore the French Market and the French Quarter a little more, but I had to remind myself that this was just a stop along to the way to our first cruise!
Have you ever been to New Orleans?