We just returned from a very enjoyable stay in New Orleans. The weather was kind to us which made it all the more comfortable. The following are highlights of our visit.
Our main objective for the trip was to visit the National WW II Museum. For Americans of all ages it is a must see. The chronicles of American involvement in the war are categorized by exhibits portraying the European/Mediterranean theater and the Pacific theater. The Tom Hanks introductory movie was well done as a precursor to visiting the exhibits which were authentically presented. It would have been nice to have seen a small exhibit about Hot Stuff and its gallant crew as noted in our book Before the Belle. They deserved to be remembered.
We also visited the New Orleans Museum of Art. It is a class art museum that ranks along with those in New York, Dallas and Boston. If you’re a fine arts enthusiast this is also a must see. The museum has something for everyone as it has outstanding samplings from Europe, Asia, Africa and of course the United States. We enjoyed the American folk art and the paintings of influential Americans and scenes before, during and after the Revolution.
One thing we had to do was to ride on a streetcar. We rode the Canal St. streetcar from one end to the other taking in the sights.
Of course, one can’t visit New Orleans without at least taking a stroll along the Mississippi and resting on a bench in Jackson Square.
On our way to dinner one night we happened upon a “Second Line” parade for a wedding. The newly weds led the parade carrying umbrellas followed by a uniformed band and singing and dancing wedding guests all waving white napkins in the air. To imagine it in another city would be hard to fathom.
Cash wore his ARMY cap the entire trip. We were pleasantly surprised at how many people thanked him for his nilitary service. This included strangers on the street, patrons in restaurants and hotel and restaurant workers. The big surprise was an anonymous patron at one restaurant paid for our meal. This has happened to us before in years past.
One last item is the outstanding food one would find in New Orleans. Among the most memorable of our trip were Nola’s, Muriel’s and a fun restaurant called House of Blues. All three had unique atmospheres to go along with the cuisine.
As you can imagine by our blog title, here on the first of April we’re experiencing much needed rain in Central Texas.
We wish you all a fabulous springtime.