We picked yet another famous locale to ring in the 2015 New Year. New Orleans is one of our favorite places and it seemed like an obvious choice. And since we have been a few times already, we decided to enhance the trip by making it a literal "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" kind of endeavor.
|Photo by Wayne Hutton.|
cab ride over from the much bigger, newer (and cleaner) New Orleans Amtrak station to our hotel, the awesome Place D'Armes in the French Quarter. We stayed here on our last trip to The Big Easy and even got the same room as before, good ol' # 308. We took a quick stroll over to Bourbon Street and then rang in the New Year at Jackson Square with fireworks over Cafe Du Monde and even a fleur-de-lis drop high atop the Jax Brewing Building.
Jan. 1 - We slept in a good part of the first morning of the new year and then grabbed some NOLA-famous Hurricane drinks and rode the ferry across the Mississippi River to Algiers, but it was just too cold to explore the river walk they have there. Maybe next time. We had a late brunch at the busy Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap which is owned by former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints' running back star, Deuce McCallister.
|Jan. 2 - After an amazing early brunch at The Court of Two Sisters,we took an afternoon streetcar up to the end of the green line to City Park for some fun urban kayaking|
|We had a delightful two-our tour on the Bayou St. John Historic and Scenic Waterway. This natural bayou was a key to the settlement of New Orleans and is today a nice blend of nature amid the urban sprawl of the city.|
|It was back aboard the streetcar after our tour which we squeezed in just before the rain set in. "Fortune favors the bold."|
|Our late dinner was super casual as we checked out the incredible Killer Po'Boys in the back of the tiny Erin Rose Bar. All sandwiches were good, but the shrimp ones were outstanding. Photo taken by a nice random guy.|
|We blew it out on our last night in NOLA up and down Bourbon Street with some activities that are probably best left unwritten on this blog, but that I am sure will be long remembered.|
Jan. 3 - We flew back home today on a Southwest airplane. Our reasoning was two-fold. First, the Amtrak trains back to Birmingham leave at 7 AM (no, thank you!), and secondly, a 7-hour train ride and a 3-hour drive back to Nashville doesn't sound appealing after several days of making good/bad life decisions in NOLA. It was definitely the right choice. The flight home was a little delayed due to weather, but we got home safe, sound and happy early that afternoon.
|Here's to a great new year!!|