Nolen Family Vacation 2017: Day 4

Tuesday, April 14th

New Orleans

So one think I didn't reckon on is that the South doesn't do anything early. Even the state parks don't open until 9 or 10. We had no idea so we were up and at 'em and wound up sort of wandering around for a good two hours.

We parked by the river right across from Jackson Square.

[caption id="attachment_3614" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Tracks along the river.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3610" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Can't take this crew anywhere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3609" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Party tree[/caption]

The Cathedral was open so we stepped inside.

[caption id="attachment_3612" align="aligncenter" width="300"] St. Louis Cathedral[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3620" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Cathedral interior[/caption]

It's not gluten-free, but we had heard so much about Cafe du Monde that we had to stop in and try some beignets.

[caption id="attachment_3630" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Do not eat these on a windy day![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3626" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A true fan![/caption]

They aren't very good. They are just fried dough topped with tons of powdered sugar which gets all over you. Meh.

Very few stores were open but we walked around. A friend cautioned my that Bourbon street was not a place for kids after dark but we wanted to say we'd been there so we walked around over there. A few of the shops were....colorful...and we had to distract the boys, but nothing too awful.

The French Market was next. It's an open-air market with lots of vendors. A lot of the stuff was just your normal trinket-y stuff, but the food was worth it.

[caption id="attachment_3623" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Gator-on-a-stick[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3621" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Gluten-free crepes![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3631" align="aligncenter" width="177"] Snowballs![/caption]

We decided to head over to the Sculpture Garden, which is free. I always enjoy our sculpture park here in St. Louis so I felt this was a safe bet.

As we drove along we found ourselves near a cemetery. I'd read online that most cemeteries won't allow people in by themselves without a guide anymore so I'd crossed that off our list. But this cemetery was open so we parked along the street and looked around a bit.

The tombs were so grand!

After a yummy lunch we headed back to Jackson Square via the Garden District. There's really not anything to do here, but the houses are gorgeous! Once back at the square, the Presbytere is an inexpensive museum that tells you everything you'd want to know about hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. Very informative. By this time there were more vendors and performers out on the square so that was entertaining.

NO doesn't have much to do in the pm - for families anyway - so we headed back to the Airbnb and rested up. The day had gone fast and the next day would be even more packed!


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