Our biggest trip yet. Three days in New Orleans followed by a 17 day/16 night cruise on Azamara Quest to eight different islands in the Caribbean
Sunday October 23 - day one of our trip. Having breakfast at the Amarillo airport - thought this day would never get here. We started planning this trip almost two years ago.
10 23 New Orleans
We made it to New Orleans about noon. We stayed at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and had a room overlooking the Mississippi River.
We enjoyed watching the riverboats from our room.
The hotel is very near the cruise terminal so we had a front row view of the cruise ships arriving and leaving from New Orleans.
There goes the Carnival Dream.
It's a beautiful Monday morning and we are going to take the trolley to the Cafe du Monde. There is a trolley stop at the hotel.
Ain't she cute
We made it to the Cafe du Monde - looks crowded
We had to wait in line about 10 minutes - not too bad really
That's a lot of powdered sugar
Great way to start our first day in the Big Easy
After breakfast we embark on a walking tour. Kenny poses with Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral in the background.
A very happy couple
Next stop the French Market
Continuing on our tour after a bit of shopping at the French Market - here is some typical French Quarter architecture at the corner of Chartres & Barracks.
We made it to Bourbon Street - all in all we were not impressed with it.
Marie Laveau's Hose of Voodoo on Bourbon Street - we did not go in
We exited Bourbon Street at Canal Street and hopped on a trolley car.
We took the St. Charles Line
Sheila enjoys the view of all the homes in the Garden District as we travel down St. Charles Ave.
Lots of nice houses along the way
They go all out for Halloween in this town
Having a grand ole time
We got off near the end of the line and had lunch at The Milk Bar.
Kenny had a sweet potato sandwich - who knew such a thing existed - which was very good
It was a popular spot with the locals
Time to head back. Sheila watches for the next trolley car.
That afternoon we went up to the Riverside Mall food court to relax a bit and watch the traffic on the river.
There were lots of barges going up and down the river
We also had a great view of the Crescent City Connection bridge (formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Bridge). It is the farthest downstream bridge on the Mississippi.
There was another Carnival ship in port - Carnival Triumph.
The Natchez is one of two riverboats that takes day cruises up and down the river.
The Creole Queen is the other
Carnival Triumph is leaving port.
Sheila enjoys the view - we never get tired of watching ships.
Time for a bit of shopping before heading back to the room and then going to Emeril's for dinner
Enjoying the sunrise from our room as we get ready to go out on Tuesday morning
We walked to the Moonwalk riverfront park so we could watch the Azamara Quest arrive.
And there she is
Sheila poses as Quest makes her way to the cruise ship terminal
This has been fun
One last shot of Sheila before we head back to the hotel
We spotted this mockingbird on the walk back
We went to check out the ship once we made it back to the hotel
Here's the view from the food court at the Riverside Mall