In early October 2023 Maeve and I took a 4.5 day trip to New Orleans to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.
A big thank you goes out to Jerry Smolin who's connection to New Orleans is unparalleled and the pages of recommendations he provided helped shape a wonderful and memorable experience!
An even bigger thank you goes out to my parents who watched the kids for 5 days, enabling us to take this once in a lifetime trip.
Our hotel room was in the Convent building of the Hotel Peter & Paul
We landed in New Orleans around 5:30pm, got a taxi from the queue, and drove off towards the city. It was a weekday so there was some rush hour traffic; our taxi driver opted to take some local streets instead of the highway in a few spots, and we got to our hotel in the Marigny neighborhood around 6:30pm. The driver was talkative and fun.
Inside the St. Louis Cathedral
We slept in (no kids!) and woke up without any real plans for the day. We didn’t have great breakfast options for Maeve so we walked up the street a few blocks to Robert’s Grocery to get some staples for the hotel room, where we ate some cheese, cold cuts, rolls (g and gf) and fruit. We also shared a coffee.
Daytime shot of the hotel
The lounge at the hotel
We had our breakfast in the hotel room and I got some overpriced tea from the hotel cafe . We wanted to get out of the city a bit and do something with a historical theme. We took an Uber to the Longue Vue house, a mansion and gardens with tours of both. We paid for the house tour and had a nice tour of a very interesting and modern house for when it was built. It turns out that the Stern/Rosenwald family that lived there in the early 1900s were also Jewish, and the stories of their life and influence in the city tied into the Jewish museum from the day before.
Shrimp Pad Thai at Budsi Thai
Looking into a cemetry in the Garden District
Before the show at Snug Harbor
In the swamp
We had breakfast in our hotel room and I got a very good coffee from Who Dat Cafe which seems like a great spot but likely not somewhere Maeve would be able to eat safely.
At GW Finns
Our special menu (with not quite the right anniversary date of course)