7.23.2013

My Favorite Thing is to Go Where I've Never Been

New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1

When we go on adventures, we like to start by exploring. So, we set out on foot, headed down elegant Rue Royal, and wove our way through the vibrant French Quarter, past pretty galleries containing sculptures and paintings from famous artists, and fashionable shops, filled with crystal chandeliers and exquisite antiques. Hudson was especially mesmerized by the world famous "Blue Dog" in the George Rodrigue studio.

We took a quick walk down Bourbon Street. It gets pretty bawdy there at night, due to the burlesque clubs and party people. But, in the daytime, this famous street is steeped in history and folk lore. In addition to a wealth of the most beautiful architecture, the area is rich in entertaining characters. In a period of ten minutes, we saw a dog wearing shoes and shades, a man wearing a bra with no shirt, two brass bands, a breakdancer, a mime, and a person dressed as a transformer that actually rolled around the street in the form of a bright, yellow Hummer. Can you guess which was Hudson's favorite?

We passed through beautiful Jackson Square, where Hudson got a balloon sword and hat, and we caught our first glimpse of the amazing, awe inspiring St. Louis Cathedral. With it's lush gardens, open air artist colony, and talented musicians, this area feels a little bit like a scene from Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in every way.

We winded through block after block of charming neighborhoods, and I loved watching Hudson take everything in. He loved looking in the shop windows and watching street performers. During that first walk through the city, he discovered the old fashioned mail slots that are on every French Quarter door. Having never encountered such a thing before, he was absolutely positive that they were there to serve one purpose: to allow him to sneak a peek into the interior of each home and boutique. It took a little explaining, before he stopped flipping those metal flaps and peering inside with those big, curious eyes of his.

We decided to try the Royal House Restaurant for dinner. The seafood and oyster bar had lots of character with it's open air windows and view of Royal Street. You could hear a jazz band playing from the corner, which made the atmosphere absolutely dreamy. Will said this was his best meal of the trip...plump Louisiana oysters, topped with parmesan and chargrilled to bubbly perfection.We also shared the fresh crab claws sauteed in a lemon garlic butter sauce....they were so savory and delicious. Hudson loved dipping his french bread in the sauce, in between big bites of gourmet Mac & Cheese.

4 comments:

A Royal Crab said...

The first day was one of my favorite days. I don't know if it was the New Orleans spirt coming over me or just seeing Hudson's and your face taking in this great city. Seeing Hudson looking in the mail slots made me want to get one for our home. As for the food. This was my favorite meal. I was close to asking us to go back. The crab claws were awesome and I am still wanting more.

LOVE YOU!!!

Ashley Elizabeth said...

It's so fun to explore new places and I'm sure it's even better showing your little guy the world :)

meghan said...

How cute is Hudson!? I'm sure he loved all of the exploring. I've been so many places, and New Orleans is one that I haven't been to and am dying to go. My husband went two years ago as part of a bachelor party and says we have to go back to explore parts he didn't get to see. I LOVE going places I've never been before. Repeat visits are fun, but the newness of an unseen place makes it even more fun. I feel like a kid.

Cara-Mia said...

New Orleans looks so great!

Catching up on your blog and can't get over how big Hudson is getting! :)