Can you say Yum?

It’s been a long day.  We drove from Shreveport, Louisiana, to New Orleans.  We took a short break settling into our hotel room  before walking down Decatur Street.  We visited the historic St. Louis Cathedral and viewed the Mississippi River.  I think it’s high time for dinner and drinks.Bourbon Street

What better place to enjoy a yummy New Orleans meal than the French Quarter….Bourbon Street to be exact!  From Decatur Street, we take a little side street and walk slowly over to Bourbon Street.  We take in all the sites, sounds, history, architecture, and atmosphere.

French QuarterLogan has never seen such narrow streets or such old buildings.  We round a corner and there’s no doubt when we reach Bourbon Street.  Neon lights, music, and activity abound.  As we continue down the street, the sound of music becomes a main component.  It’s still early….perhaps 5:30 p.m. and we’re hungry.  We read some posted menus to see what we’re in the mood for.

Logan reads “alligator sausage” and immediately says, “I gotta try alligator”.  So alligator it is.  The name of the place is Bourbon Heat.  It’s more bar than restaurant but a walk- way toward the rear of the building reveals a courtyard.  We grab a table and order the house French Quarterdrink.  When I say house drink, I believe it’s more of the popular drink here in the French Quarter…….frozen daiquiri’s.  These “ice-e” machines are everywhere making frozen daiquiri’s and margaritas served in ‘to go’ cups.  My kids and I are huge Slurpee fans.  So these frozen strawberry daiquiri‘s hit the spot.

I’m not sure how big the portions will be, therefore we decide to split an entrée, especially since Logan orders the appetizer alligator sausage on a stick.  For our entrée, we order Catfish Lafayette.  This entrée consists of a large piece of catfish, lightly breaded, Cajun seasoned, deep-fried and served over a bed of rice in a cream, Cajun sauce.  My mouth is watering as I write this.  It

French Quarter
Catfish Lafayette

was simply delicious.  The atmosphere was exactly what we needed….simple, casual, laid back.

The food is served on paper plates with plastic utensils.  Our daiquiri’s are served in large styrofoam cups, making it very convenient for drinking ‘on the go’.  We are quickly reminded to slow down while slurping this yummy concoction…..brain freeze!

After devouring our meal, we slowly meander our way back to the hotel while drinking our spiked slurpees.

Alligator
Logan getting ready to try alligator sausage

The French Quarter………I’m speechless!  I thought I saw it all while living in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I’m not kidding when I say “I’m speechless”.  I need to think about putting our short visit to the French Quarter into words…….

French Quarter
French Quarter
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History at it’s Finest

New Orleans
bridges, bridges, and more bridges

After traveling 1220 miles in a day and a half, about 21 hours on the road, Logan and I are ready to stop driving.  We pull up to the front of the hotel, pop the trunk to retrieve our luggage, and are suddenly and unexpectedly startled by a stow away jumping quickly to his freedom.  A Texas cricket moves to New Orleans!

We get settled into our hotel room, leaving Jiminy Cricket to find his own quarters.  We are very pleased with the accommodations and the location of our hotel.  I booked us via the internet at the Blake Hotel New Orleans, located at 500 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans.

New Orleans
A corner room on the sixth floor overlooking Lafayette Square

Prior to our departure, I spend well over an hour on the internet doing research for a place to stay in New Orleans.  I pick The Blake Hotel.  First, it was close to the seminar held at the Inter Continental Hotel; the whole reason behind this trip.  Second, the price was right at $85 a night.  Third, it’s a member of the Choice Hotel family, allowing me to acquire choice privilege points.  Parking cost another $25 a day, but hey this is a major city after all.New Orleans

At the front desk we obtain a free map of the local area.  Still using those paper maps even though son and I both have smart phones. First stop must be the St. Louis Cathedral.  Regardless of ones religion, this is a must see on any visit to New Orleans.

St. Louis Cathedral
The St. Louis Cathedral

The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest active Catholic Cathedral in the United States. The history of this church dates back to the 1700’s.

St. Louis Cathedral
Cathedral ceiling

St. Louis CathedralCathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France was founded in 1718 and established as a Parish in 1720.  It was designated a Basilica in 1964.  Logan and I are in awe from the stained glass, to the statues, and the hand painted walls and ceilings.  We’re moved by the history, spirit, and faith invoked by this incredible structure.  It boggles the mind to know this current structure has stood here since 1794.  Boy, I don’t feel so old after all.

We explore the exterior grounds.  The garden is lush, green, and meticulously maintained.

Logan is a bit of a history buff (like father, like son) and is totally enthralled with the history surrounding us.  We cross Decatur Street and find ourselves along the shores of the Mississippi River.  It appears the river is low despite Hurricane Issac.  There is no boat or barge activity.  So we assume the river is still closed to shipping due to the drought up north.

Mississippi River
Mississippi River

It’s time to head to Bourbon street and find some yummy Cajun food…..