After a brief stop in Houston to visit family and friends and the onset of warmer weather, its time to leave Texas and make our way east along the gulf coast.
Traveling Interstate 10 we had bumper to bumper traffic and torrential down pours most of the way. Actually the rain was welcome because the amount of splattered love bugs on the windshield made it almost impossible to see!
We’ve encountered our fair share of traffic jams especially in Texas! But in Baton Rouge we hit the grand daddy of them all. It took over one hour just to cross over the Mississippi River bridge!
Eventually we made it to Convent, LA a small community north of New Orleans. We stayed at a one time tobacco plantation which was a nice change from some of the crowded parks we’ve experienced.
The French Quarter with it’s history dating back to the 1700s, is like no other part of a big city I’ve experienced. The streets are narrow row houses and businesses most of which are painted brightly and adorned with flowers and ornate wrought iron railings.
Music! Its everywhere! On Street corners, in taverns and restaurants, and from the calliope that sits on the top deck of the riverboat.
Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter and has been declared a National Historic Landmark. It was the site where in 1803 Louisiana was made a US territory. The park is overlooked by the Saint Louis Cathedral founded in 1720. It is the oldest cathedral in the US.
There is so much to see and do in New Orleans. Just going to the many fabulous places to eat could fill your itinerary! We decided a good way to really see the area was to take a day tour of the city.
Stops along the way included the city park with its Spanish moss……
And one of the many above ground cemeteries! New Orleans is below sea level so the deceased are six feet …UP?…And stacked on top of one another! Creepy!
There are several old plantations in the vicinity of the one we are at. Some are just a historic sign designating what once was while others have been masterfully restored. One such place is Houmas House Plantation and Garden.
The mansion was built in 1840 and is simply magnificent! The grounds are surrounded by lush floral gardens, 400 yr old oaks with Spanish moss, and pools with fountains! Absolutely stunning! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!
As we say good bye to Louisiana I can’t help but think of all the unfortunate people who’s lives were forever impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The 9th ward, an area we didn’t visit, has not yet completely recovered. However the rest of the city in spite of the devastation has bounced back. It truly is a come back city!