But we were there this past weekend for Darnell's (cousin in center) son's wedding. This is where this picture was taken. It was a lovely wedding and a lovely visit.
I forget how much I miss both the family and the city when I'm away, but it all comes rushing back at family events such as this. Having watched for good Flight Specials and not finding any, my dear friend offered to take a road trip and drive us down instead of flying. This turned out to be a great idea as what we ended up spending on gas was less than a round trip ticket.
So we got our fix of Cafe Au'lait and beignets at both Cafe Dumonde on Veterans as well as The Morning Call in City Park. We tried to get more at the Cafe in the French Quarter Saturday morning... but the lines were around the block. However, we did pick up some Italian seed cookies at the Central Grocery and hit Aunt Sally's Pralines and a few cute shops around Jackson Square.
|Cafe Au'lait and Beignets|
|Jackson Square (me)|
|St Louis Cathedral (Janet)|
|Ship Shop on Jackson Square|
|paintings along Jackson Square|
And besides the wedding and the French Quarter, we also got to go to City Park which is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. With the oak trees, moss, and lagoons... I just love it. We didn't live far from City Park when I was growing up and Dad used to bring us often. It's really a beautiful place.
|City park lagoons|
This is my friend, Karen, who I went to high school and college with. She still lives in New Orleans and we try to meet whenever I'm in town.
And this is my friend, Janet, who drove down to New Orleans with me.
|Janet and Karen on old oak tree|
|taken from our restaurant window|