Since we were out late the night before, we weren’t in much of a rush to wake up too terribly early to start the day.
Once were were out of bed and ready to go, the first order of business was lunch! I had my sights set on Napoleon House for a muffaletta :)
This restaurant was really cool – its over 200 years old and embodies the spirit of New Orleans. The original occupant of the building was the Mayor of New Orleans in the early 1800’s. He had offered his home as a refuge to Napoleon in 1921 during his exile – even though Napoleon never made it there the name stuck!
We dined out on the patio which was lovely! I of course ordered a muffalatta (this is just 1/4 of one!) with a side of jambalaya. I can’t seem to get enough jambalaya while I’m in NOLA ;)
The square is surrounded by historical buildings like St. Louis Cathedral, various museums, and some old apartment buildings. It’s also surrounded by tons of local artists and vendors.
There are also lots of performers out on the streets. Lance got stopped by one who forced me to make a very tough decision ;)
We made a quick snack stop at Cafe du Monde – famous for it’s beignets and chicory coffee.
Beignets are small square shaped pieces of dough that are fried and topped with powdered sugar. And let me tell you, these things are so delicious!
We sat on the patio for a bit chatting and eating a few beignets before heading to St. Louis Cemetery. In New Orleans there are always people playing music or performing on the street. We passed this band a few times throughout the weekend, they played some interesting sounding music..
The St. Louis Cemetery is one of my favorite places to check out in New Orleans. It’s really unique and has so much history. The cemetery is full of really old above ground graves and it’s the oldest cemetery in New Orleans!
One of the most famous graves in the cemetery is for Marie Laveau the Voodoo queen. Some visitors will draw 3 x’s (XXX) on her tomb in hopes that she will grant them a wish – fyi this is illegal.. but that obviously doesn’t stop people!
Last time we visited they were in the process of building Nicholas Cages family tomb – here it is all finished!
After our self-guided tour through the cemetery and a lovely stroll down Bourbon Street we decided on having dinner at Oceana. we had a bit of a wait to get in since the kitchen was behind on orders, but it was well worth it.
I ordered the fettuccini alfredo topped with blackened chicken – and oh.my.goodness. was this the best alfredo I’ve ever had! I was unsure about getting pasta since there’s so many other things I don’t typically get to eat on the menu, but it was recommended by a friend who raved about it. It did not disappoint!
Lance also got the fettuccini alfredo but with shrimp
Chelle got the fried shrimp.
After dinner we poked around in a few bars along Bourbon checking out what they had to offer. We stopped by a little Jazz hall and listened to some Jazz music for a little while, which was awesome! You can’t go to New Orleans without listening to a little bit of Jazz :)
Then we stopped in a dueling piano bar, where we stayed for most of the night. After being there for about 5 minutes they played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” so I knew this place was a gem. I’ll spare you the 5 minute video od them playing but this place kept me entertained for a good 2 hours :)
On our way back to the hotel we saw a few more street performers. I remembered seeing this same guy on one of our previous visits so we stopped to watch for a bit. This guy had some serious moves – watch his shoulders right at the end!