Thursday, May 30, 2013

NOLA - Part 3

On Sunday, Nick and I got an early start with breakfast at our hotel and planned out our day based on different areas of the city we wanted to check out (aka - where we wanted to eat and drink for the day!).  We decided to start our day by taking the St Charles streetcar up to the Garden District.  Luckily, the start of the streetcar line was right outside of our hotel, so we bought our day pass and jumped aboard.  Just a short while later, we hopped off at Audobon Park and explored for a bit...

Audobon Park with Tulane in the background

The trees in Audobon Park are just amazing - so majestic.  It's hard to believe that you are still in the city limits with the drastic difference between this area and that of Bourbon Street...

We decided to walk along St. Charles for awhile and just check out all the fabulous houses in the Garden District.  After all that walking and since it was noon, we then decided that it was time for a drink!!!  When in NOLA...  We stopped at the Columns Hotel to grab one of New Orleans' tastiest beverages... the mint julep.  

One drink was definitely enough at the Columns - woohoo!  Time to board the streetcar to head back into the French Quarter...

Checking out the real estate along St Charles

Lots of beads in the trees along the Mardi Gras parade routes!

We decided to jump off the streetcar to grab lunch at a sandwich shop that came highly recommended, but we found out that it was closed on Mondays.  So, we needed a new plan.  We regrouped quickly and walked to one of Emeril's restaurants in the Quarter, NOLA.  We completely lucked out and managed to walk right in without a reservation.  In the end, we were really happy that the sandwich shop was closed because our meal at NOLA rocked!  Nick ordered a braised pork po'boy and I decided to go with the stuffed chicken wings.  Amazing.  

We were tempted by the dessert menu at NOLA, but decided to waive the options and head out to another place on our to-do list, Angelo Brocato, for gelato.  We jumped aboard the Canal Street streetcar and headed up Canal toward the dessert shop.  I had never heard of the place before, but the fact that it was ranked #1 on Trip Advisor with all the thousands of places to eat in the city meant that we had to try it!  It did not disappoint.  Nick's pistachio gelato was wonderful and I could have eaten ten more cups of my coconut gelato.  

It was official - we had covered half the city by 5pm just by following our rumbling bellies!!  We had a few hours to kill before our dinner reservation, so we decided to check out the Imax  movies playing at the aquarium.  The next show happened to be about divers and great white sharks - yes, please!  So, we relaxed in the air conditioning for an hour and enjoyed the quick show.  

What a complete day... and we still had dinner reservations for Nick's birthday at Commander's Palace!

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