Day 4 had us walking around the French Quarter quite a bit. At about 5pm that evening, this went past our window:
The Carnival Triumph was on her way to the Caribbean. Shortly after that, we headed to Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar and Fish House for dinner.
Charbroiled oysters, a specialty of New Orleans. Gulf oysters grilled with garlic butter and parmesan cheese. My husband could not get enough of these.
My dinner: Crawfish etoufee, andouille sausage, jambalaya, red beans and rice. New Orleans on a platter.
My husband got the Creole Redfish - redfish fillet with BBQ shrimp, a creole meuniere sauce, jambalaya and vegetables. A nice last meal before the cruise the next morning.
Day three started with an attempt to visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park along the riverfront...
...which failed miserably. It was a relatively cold and rainy day, so we decided to check out NOLA's famed Vietnamese cuisine.
Although it smelled fantastic, this bowl of phở tái was utterly tasteless. And this was from an old, well-regarded Vietnamese restaurant in the city. Well, at least it was warm.
As a surprise to nobody that knows my husband, he's a massive Tikiphile. So, wherever we go in the world, he has to find a Polynesian-themed bar. We went to Beachbum Barry's Latitude 29...
...and the delightful Tiki Tolteca, both in the French Quarter. If you go to Tiki Tolteca, be sure to pay $10 and get a spin on the Wheel of Happenstance. Accept your fate, and enjoy.
We started the day off with a trip to the National WWII Museum.
If you have not been, it is worthwhile to see it. I was pleased with the exhibits, which are extremely detailed and full of fantastic memorabilia.
In New Orleans, seafood is king. I could not resist the amazing gulf oysters, and my husband could not resist the amazing bloody mary's that are served all throughout the city.
Dinner that evening was at the spectacular Donald Link/Stephen Stryjewski restaurant, Cochon. Get yourself a boucherie plate...
...and an order of smoked beef brisket with horseradish potato salad. One really cannot go wrong here.
Back in December 2016, my husband and I went to New Orleans as part of our belated honeymoon.
Man, when you're in NOLA, there is no question as to where in the country you are. It's a lovely place and completely unique.
We were fortunate enough to stay at the Hotel Monteleone, which we were given a free upgrade to one of their Vieux Carré suites.
We had a stunning view from our 14th floor corner suite.