Now that we are officially living in the South, Mike and I figured we should take advantage of all the region has to offer and go on our first road trip to….
While driving from Greenville to New Orleans is doable, the nine plus hour trip is far from easy. Fortunately, we are seasoned travelers and already have a glove compartment full of road trip CD’s and we always pack a cooler with cold drinks and sandwiches. We took the quickest route via I-85 and I-65 which takes you through Georgia, Alabama, and finally, Louisiana. After ten hours of driving in pretty much a straight line we finally made it to The Big Easy!
We checked into our hotel, a delightful 18th century inn in the Garden District. It had a beautiful courtyard with an overgrown garden full of hydrangeas and bougainvillea. The tropical plants and old architecture made us feel like we were in a different country and a different time!
After settling in, we hopped on the St. Charles Streetcar (an experience in itself) and headed to the famous French Quarter. We wandered into one of the many restaurants and ordered some amazing shrimp and oyster po’ boys. After strolling around the French Market and admiring the St. Louis Cathedral, we approached the iconic Cafe du Monde. Although the line was well out the door, the cafe au lait and beignets were well worth the wait. We ate on the banks of the Mississippi in the waning afternoon light and knew that this weekend would be one for the books.
And it was! We spent our time strolling through the old streets and admiring the courtyard gardens. We ate New Orleans favorites like gumbo, muffaletta sandwiches, and even turtle soup! A trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without jazz, and we saw an amazing performance at the famous Preservation Hall. We had an amazing time in New Orleans, my only complaint is that it was too short! We can’t wait to go back, and I hope that this post will inspire you to visit one of America’s most unique cities!