"Nawlins" Excursion

another manhole for my collection

New Orleans is just a short three hour drive from Pensacola; a perfect excursion when family or friends come to visit.

My mom, EJ and I left at 9 a.m. for an afternoon in The Big Easy. We found free parking on Decatur Street just a block away from "the only way to start our visit" coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

powdery acadian fritters

Located in an outdoor cafe along the Mississippi River, I can not think of a better place to soak in the sounds and sights of New Orleans.

From there we walked into the French Quarter, saw some landmarks and listened to street musicians.

st. louis cathedral

Some foodie friends gave us a list of restaurants to eat at while visiting. One of those restaurants was Brennan's. Known as the creator of the banana foster and famous for their turtle soup, we had to try their three course brunch. The restaurant was beautiful and the waitstaff very friendly. We sat inside but had a beautiful view of their lush courtyard. We ordered their specialties: New Orleans Turtle Soup, Eggs Hussarde, and (of course) Banana Foster. We shared a meal (recommended by our friends) and had just the right amount of everything. The food was delicious and what a show with the dessert!

spicy turtle soup

flaming banana foster

Right outside of Brennan's was a jazz club performing on the steps of the courthouse. It was some of the best dancing, tapping, and music I have seen. The perfect way to end an enjoyable trip!

new orleans jazz club

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