|Mellow Mushroom Pizza|
|Grandma with the crew|
|Southern Poverty Law Center|
|Dr. Martin Luther King's name was so faded.|
After three hours of play, two sunburned guys despite putting on sunscreen every hour, and very hungry children we packed up and headed on. We could only find fast food or very fancy restaurants open in Biloxi so we settled on Wendy's. We arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in the late afternoon. We gave up our mini van to the hotel valet because parking is impossible in the French Quarter and settled into the hotel. Then we headed out to explore the French Quarter and find dinner.
|There were still plenty of Mardi Gras decorations.|
|Red Beans and Rice|
Most of us picked appetizers to save money and leave room for dessert. We found them plentiful and hardy. By the time we finished dinner, darkness had descended on the French Quarter. We found the night life to be robust but not overwhelming. We headed for Cafe Du Monde where there is always a line but well worth the wait for the best beignets in the French Quarter, so they say. We waited in the take out line for about 20 minutes and had wonderful melt in your mouth beignets. (For future reference ~ they come three to a bag for $3. We only needed one a piece.)
We wandered back to our hotel taking photo opportunities when we found them.
We spent the evening riding streetcars around the Garden District and getting ice cream. Unfortunately my camera died right at this point in our vacation. I should have brought a back up. My cell phone takes awful pictures, so I used my Mom's cell phone for the rest of the trip. I need to borrow her phone to download the pictures. I will have to post about days 4 through 6 later this weekend in a separate post.
The kids have now seen 16 states (32% of our nation). I don't think we will meet my original goal of seeing all fifty states before they grow up, but we are making progress. Maybe we will get to 50%.