Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Let the good times roll!
In celebration of our EIGHTH wedding anniversary, Will planned a trip for our little family to one of the world's most fascinating cities. New Orleans is a place known for it's amazing architecture, diverse culture, beautiful music, and delicious food. It's such an authentic American city, yet it's like no other place in the United States.
As a first time visitor, I was blown away by the appearance of the French Quarter. Unique and intimate, New Orleans' oldest neighborhood sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River, a gorgeous mix of Spanish, Creole, French, and American architecture. I immediately fell under the spell of the community, while simultaneously realizing that the common interpretation of the French Quarter is so very wrong....this place is much more enchanting than you could ever expect.
Our lovely hotel, with Spanish wrought iron railings and the Parisian mansard roof, was located at St. Louis Street and Royal Street, "the most fashionable corner" of New Orleans. It's been a popular location for decades, and has it's place in popular culture, as well. James Bond stayed at the Royal Orleans in Live and Let Die, and the song "Royal Orleans" by Led Zeppelin is supposedly based on on an incident involving the band at the hotel in the '70's.
Upon arriving, we went straight to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the spectacular view of the French Quarter. We caught a glimpse of the authentic steam-driven paddlewheeler, the Natchez, and even heard it's steam calliope toot a cute little tune. Hudson loved it, and even did a little dance when we heard those steam whistles blow.