Posted by: stefaniemeyers | January 10, 2008

Day 1 – good food!

Bourbon Street

We finally made it! After all the preparation and research we have been doing for the past week we coasted over Lake Pontchartrain and into a fittingly wet and windy New Orleans. It set an appropriate tone considering the topic that brought us here – Hurricane Katrina.

Once we got all of our stuff into the hotel – and that was quite a feat – we got settled down and then regrouped to procure food. It was nice to walk down to the French Quarter and see some of the set up for the future Mardi Gras parades. My first impression, New Orleans is like no other city. When I search for a point of reference to compare it to, nothing comes to mind because it is so unique.

We got an early dinner at Acme Oyster House where I ate my first oyster ever! I had char-grilled oysters and fried oysters and they were both great. We will definitely not be hurting for good food to eat while we’re down here.

Everyone loved the fried oysters

We then walked to the levee through Jackson Park. As we stood on top of the levee it amazed me that all that stood between the city to my right and the Mississippi River on my left was this seemingly small barrier. I can’t imagine living in a city where the water is constantly in the background, ominous and ready to engulf everything like it did in August 2005.

Beignets at Café Dumont were amazing as expected. Dr. Book was nice enough to buy the whole group a couple of platters of the delicious dessert, which we tried hard not to get all over ourselves.

All in all, it was a great way to start the trip. I’m excited to spend ten days in this city!

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