I think I was just lovingly looking at a glass of bourbon here…at d.b.a. Fun fact, I forgot my regular glasses that night so spent the night dancing in my prescription sunglasses like I was in the blues brothers!
Lingering in the Gumbo shop. It wasn’t my favorite place, but the company was great 🙂
My favorite part of both of my trips to New Orleans this summer were the long leisurely strolls. Yesterday I talked about finding great coffee and museums, today it is all about my favorite FREE institutions, public parks and public libraries!
I was able to get a glimpse of City Park when I visited the art museum. But I spent more time in Audubon park. The park is 350 acres in Uptown New Orleans, filled with joggers (how you run in 100 degree heat is beyond me!) cyclists and families. It is home to the most photogenic trees I have ever seen as well as a Zoo, Aquarium, and Butterfly garden! Parking is tricky but we arrived after 6PM when it was a little cooler and more spots open by the entrance. I can imagine it would be a bit harder to park when school is in session (Audubon park is very close to Tulane University and Loyola University, across the street really) but it is worth the hassle. My only regret is not getting a picture of Trent dominating the plyo boxes! Next time!
I thought we wouldn’t be able to visit a public library but, we were able to squeeze in a visit to Uptown’s branch before it closed on our last day in town!
The Milton H. Latter memorial library started as just another giant house for a wealthy family in the early 20th century. It changed hands a couple times, first it was the home of a family that owned a big New Orleans department store, then it was sold to an aviation pioneer and his silent film star wife. If was eventually purchased by the Latter family who wished to build a public library to honor their son, Milton, who died fighting in WWII.
The library was so beautiful, I mean, look at one of the reading rooms!!
The children’s room was warm and inviting and featured Drew Brees and his favorite book, (the itsy bitsy spider, lol). The adult stacks were small but made great use of the space. Trent and I had a lot of fun looking through the books that the library had to offer. It was an inspiring visit, I took all of their flyers for future programming inspiration!
And finally….DANCE PARTY
It is not difficult to find a dance party in New Orleans. In fact you can be having dinner and one will pop up across the street!
These are the 5 things I try to do on every trip I take! I don’t always get to it, and sometimes my dance party is bouncing around with my friend’s baby in her living room (just as fun!) but I keep these goals in mind when I’m planning a trip.
So here is my attempt to get through my check list in New Orleans!
First, the coffee!
It was blazing hot at 10 in the morning in NOLA so it makes sense that their iced coffee game is on point! My favorite iced coffee was at District Doughnuts in the Lower Garden District. The baked goods were out of control too.
We also spent some time at French Truck Coffee on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. They have other locations in the city and Memphis. The coffee was really good, and we split an out of this world almond croissant. Loved finding a quiet place to read and relax in the French Quarter!
We filled up on regular coffee at The Grill in the French Quarter. This is THE place to go, especially after a night out! The omelettes are enormous and can keep you full till dinner. Just make sure you know what you want right away, waiters are not fans on indecisive people!
Oh, and Cafe Du Monde’s iced chicory coffee is a must!! (While getting at least two orders of beignets obviously!)
We went to two different museums. The first was the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter. I like this one because it is free! I didn’t take any picture though, I think it was because the docents there are VERY helpful and if they saw me slow down and look at something they would come over. Which is nice! I know! But I was in the “quick browsing” mood. So, its very nice. Nice people work there, really interesting stuff about the history on NOLA and it has a great gift shop.
The museum is located at the edge of NOLA’s City Park, which would be really fun to explore, I think, if it weren’t over 100 degrees outside. There is also a free sculpture garden outside of the museum that we will have to check out the next time we are there. Admission to the museum was 12 dollars.
Here was a piece that was especially inspiring!
This is quilted! Amazing!
Tomorrow I will get into the rest of my check list!
I just can’t believe it has been almost a month since I last wrote!! I have been doing some summer travel, first to New Orleans, then to Buffalo, and then….New Orleans again! Phew! I am pretty tried but also very inspired with new reading lists, library and craft projects, and life goals (baking Italian cookies, anyone?)
But I’m back at it, reading some great books and planning on some new projects! See you online!