It’s somewhat of our family’s tradition now to spend Christmas in a much hotter vacation spot than where we live! This Christmas, we opted for New Orleans! Our roadtrip took 2 days across 5 states and absolutely NO TOLLS! Take that, PA roads! With gas rolling in at $1.99 in the southern states, our transportation cost for 4 people was quite reasonable!
I enjoyed the trip and the food, but mainly, I was underwhelmed by N’awlins. The parts right outside the French Quarter were completely run-down and abandoned-looking. True, I saw plenty of other tourists but where they were going when every single shop, museum and attraction was closed, I have no idea! A better time to come here would definitely be Mardi Gras, haha!
Jackson Square at sunset on first day there. Beautiful view of where the action was!
Now, this is the most memorable part of New Orleans to me. The first thing I bought after arriving at the French Quarter was to purchase a generous helping of beignets at Cafe Beignet. That night after a classic and hearty cajun dinner, I made sure to order bananas foster caramel beignet fries smothered in a light chocolate sauce. Oh my jibbers, that was heavenly.
Everything was closed on Christmas day so we traipsed to City Park, which was amazing. Spanish moss trees, swamps, cranes, swans–it was filled with all the good Bayou-type flora and fauna! Later that night, we went there again to attend the biggest holiday lights festival in the country! Celebration in the Oaks spanned across the botanical gardens, Storyland and more park grounds!
Getting to my favorite destination of the trip…gator catching time! This spot was an hour outside New Orleans, but the trip was well worth it because we got to learn a lot about these swamp chickens! This picture features the gator catchin’ pool. Exciting and exotic; I wasn’t scared at all!Willie Mae’s Scotch House–never have I waited this long with fried chicken. Travel Channel, Food Network and celebrity testimonials made me do it! The chicken was crispy, hot and very well seasoned. I loved it. The corn muffins were buttery, sweet and slightly crispy on the outside. 10/10 would try again :).