We had one day to explore New Orleans before boarding our cruise ship on Sunday so we made plans to go into the city and just see where the day took us. We were traveling with early risers, which as it turns out was a good thing. We arrived in New Orleans at 7 am and parked near the French Market. Our first stop was the Cafe du Monde for their world famous beignets. Timing couldn’t have been better. We had a short wait and by the time we left at 8am the line was out the door. At 8am just about the only thing open in New Orleans is the Cafe du Monde. But as we crossed the street we found 3 different carriages with tour guides ready to go. We hopped on and had a quite ride through the city with a very informative guide. He ended up taking us to the oldest cemetery in New Orleans – Saint Louis Cemetery Number One. If you go make sure you have a certified tour guide as they are the only ones who can get you in to see the tombs and walk the whole cemetery. We saw the “one day” tomb of Nicolas Cage as well as the current tomb for voodoo queen Marie Laveau. After the cemetery our guide took us back through neighborhoods in the area as people were just waking up and getting about their days. When we returned to Jackson Square we went into the Corner Bar for their famous Bloody Mary’s which could easily qualify as brunch. It was a good kick start to an afternoon of libations. By this time the city was officially awake and we spent the rest of the day exploring shops around the square and various bars along Bourbon Street. We were invited to join in with the Cajun band at one such place complete with washboards. And no trip to New Orleans is complete without grabbing a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s. We met up with family later and grabbed a bite somewhere I can’t recall. But when you are in New Orleans, even a hole in the wall restaurant can have great food.
And for anyone cruising out of New Orleans on the Mississippi . . . . take some Bonine or Dramamine and you board the ship. It’s a curvy ride out and you’ll thank me the next day!