America has only three cities:On a clear early December morning, our cruise ship returned to New Orleans after a week-long visit to various Caribbean ports. It is also the signal that my vacation was almost over.
New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.
Everywhere else is Cleveland
~ Tennessee Williams~
We bid our cruise partners so long as we disembarked. We were off to our hotel, the Royal Sonesta, located in the heart of French Quarter. They on the other hand had some logistical issues to resolve. They had a plane to catch in the pm, so they can spend a few hours with us.
I don't know how it came to be that we walked from the port to the French Quarter. It was a lovely day to walk. Blue skies and mild temperature. And it wasn't too far a walk either even though we had some luggage. We stopped at Riverwalk to browse.
Inside the Riverwalk I was window shopping, literally.
The store was full of Christmas items, from decorations to bric-a-bracs.
Spotted the famous Cafe Du Monde which happens to have a branch inside the Riverwalk.
We had chicory coffee and mouth-watering beignets, the breakfast of champions in NOLA.
Photos from our walk:
While we were inside a convenience store buying last-minute souvenirs (magnets and keychains are cheaper) and the much needed bottled water, our phone rang. Our friends were wondering where we were as they were already parked by our hotel. We hurried our strides and arrived at the hotel in 15 minutes.
The hotel was lavish, not my usual type of accommodation. This stay was courtesy of Travelzoo (really love this company). Had no time to inspect and linger at the room because we didn't want our friends to wait long.
The lobby at Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Didn't I say festive?
Complimentary bottle of bubbly.
For the limited time we all had together we decided to spend it shopping. At the fringes of French Quarter there's a shopping area called the French Market. Under its roof are tons of shopping be it for souvenirs or whatnots. Likewise this being Nawlins, there are many dining options. Having just left the ship not too long ago we weren't keen on eating, but we were in for nibbling. On one of the stalls we saw fried green tomatoes on the menu. We ordered it because everyone can eat it. We have a vegetarian in our group. Then we went shopping. I purchased a few items including some home-made baked goodies.
Hot sauce samplers
Let's commence the shopping.
Waiting for our fried green tomatoes.
Got my baked goodies from this lovely lady.
We walked around the area too. BTW when we were parking by the curb, many street parking slots were closed off with a sign saying they were closed due to filming. I wonder what movie they were filming that day. I didn't see any film crew at all.
Across the market architecture.
At Latrobe Park.
Then we all wanted another drive through the city. So we drove and chatted along the way and then it was time for them to go the airport and by the day's end they would be in the East Coast back to the comforts of their beds.
Us on the other hand we were dropped off at the hotel.
To be continued.....
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