We managed to get in a little journey the end of last week, just before the Memorial Day crowds hit the roads and parks. We hitched up early Thursday morning and made our way South to Bayou Segnette state park in Westwego, LA. Located across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, it was just a short drive from the park to the free ferry which runs between Algiers and the foot of Canal street in New Orleans. Very convenient to visit the city while staying in a quiet, attractive location.
On Friday morning we parked in Algiers and walked onto the ferry for the five minute ride across the river. Then it was in line to get some coffee and beignets.
Definitely worth the wait, and no, that wasn’t the tip on the table.
After enjoying our breakfast we strolled around the French Quarter, just enjoying the sights and sounds before the crowds arrived.
We visited the original French Market for the first time in years.
I can remember visiting an aunt that lived in New Orleans when I was young, and going to this market. At that time it was like an open air grocery with vegetables, breads, coffee, etc. Now it’s everything, with hardly any produce of any kind.
Louisiana’s famous blue dog.
Hand painted dominos.
A few brands of Louisiana hot sauce.
And some gourmet favorites.
We took the street car named Desire from one end of Canal street to the other, and back.
And ate way too much great food the two days we were there.
They don’t call them chargrilled oysters for nothing.
Saturday morning found us sleeping in before doing a little shopping in the neighborhood of the park. After hitting the Bed, Bath, and Whatever; Academy Sports, and of course, Harbor Freight, we hooked up the Casita and made our way back home. A nice little two day trip to clear the mind.
On another note, Wanda’s mother is doing rather well and we hope it continues. Thanks to everyone for all the comments and well wish’s. It means a lot, especially from those of you that we are yet to meet in person……jc