A few years back I had the opportunity to visit New Orleans in the spring with my friend. Now I’ve returned with my parents to visit in the fall!

My mom had recently expressed a desire to do more travelling while still physically able, which kicked off creating a list of places to visit, and ultimately booking this first trip. Hopefully the first of many to come. She asked if I wanted to tag along, and I couldn’t pass up another visit to the city. I also thought I could help out a bit, since I’d already visited the city before.

On to the photos!

No visit is complete without trying out some beignets! From Cafe Beignet on Bourbon Street.
Al "Jumbo" Hirt Jazz statue at Cafe Beignet.
Al "Jumbo" Hirt Jazz statue at Cafe Beignet.
Grave of Marie Laveau, Queen of Voodoo.  Note the barely visible "XXX" marks.
Grave of Marie Laveau, Queen of Voodoo. Note the barely visible "XXX" marks.
Unique vertical tomb style, stacked five caskets high.
Nicholas Cage's future resting place. Not joking.
Cemetery
Angel statue, melted by time (and acid rain)
Statue near the French Market: Michelle by sculptor Paul Perret
Joan of Arc statue
"At Rest" from Cypress Grove Cemetery
"At Rest" from Cypress Grove Cemetery
Swamp tree
Turtles sunbathing in a swamp
Alligator in a swamp
Spider in a swamp.  The tour guide got close to this one and rubbed its belly with his bare hands.  "You know you're in Louisiana when they tickle the spiders" said one fellow tourist.
Spider in a swamp. The tour guide got close to this one and rubbed its belly with his bare hands. "You know you're in Louisiana when they tickle the spiders" said one fellow tourist.
Great Blue Heron
Swamp trees
The bayou with another tourist riverboat in view.
Alligators
Alligator hiding underwater
New Orleans skyline at sunset.
Benito Juarez statue
Mom and dad on Bourbon Street. My mom was on the phone with my sister, who was trying to get a screen grab of us on a street webcam.
Segway tours trailing a horse and carriage
Mom and dad
Aboard the Natchez Steamboat
Jackson Square seen from the steamboat
Speed control on the steamboat
Closeup from the engine room of the steamboat
Closeup from the engine room of the steamboat
View down the street
Calle D Santa Ana
Balcony in the French Quarter
Hot sauce paradise
Building in the French Quarter
Balcony in the French Quarter
Acme Oyster House
Chargrileld Oysters from Acme Oyster House
Jazz band in the French Quarter
Mom and dad in front of some shady establishments on Bourbon Street
Great colors in the driveway of our hotel (The W Hotel)
W Hotel courtyard at night
Andrew Jackson statue at night
Steamboat Natchez at sunrise
Sunrise on the Mississipi River - taken standing on the levee
Calle D Chartres. This was the street our hotel was on, so we got to know its name well!
Spanish moss
Slave prison, from the LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge
Teche Mamou Genuine Mentholated Cough Syrup
S. Andral Kilmer, M.D. Swamp Root
Poor folks' church in the LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge
Painted windows instead of stained windows at the poor folks' church in the LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge
Creepy statue in the cemetery at the LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge
Crab and Crawfish Au Gratin from Parrain's Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge
Andouille Encrusted Fresh Fish from Parrain's Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge