I was posting while we were there but I was so exhausted our last night that I crashed! So here is Saturday's and Sunday morning.
We slept too late to get over to the Running of the Bulls. Hope to see it in the future though. We made our way to the Camellia Grill on Chartres for breakfast around 9:30. Eggs, eggs, and more eggs!!! There was a bit of a wait but we didn't mind at all. This is one of my favorites.
On the haunted history tour the night before our guide mentioned that we should take a tour of the Ursuline Convent. As many times I have walked by it I never noticed that you could do this. I didn't know what to expect but it was really pretty interesting. The tour is only 5.00 for adults and 3.00 for kids and is self guided.. And there is air conditioning. St. Mary's Chapel is beautiful and so are the gardens. The other rooms you can go in were the old classrooms, dining room, and dorm area for the orphanage. They have many artifacts pertaining to the Ursuline nuns and the New Orleans diocese. We spent close to an hour here. If anyone had never been I highly recommend it. And of course we were just around the corner from Croissant d'Or so we had to go in and get some goodies. A couple of croissants, some chocolate eclairs, and some cookies made for a pretty good snack. After eating we just kind of wandered around slowly making our way back to our hotel. The boys sharing the stories they heard on the haunted tour with their grandparents.
My mother, 2 of my boys, and myself had a swamp tour scheduled for 2:45. We were planning to drop my dad and other son off at the WWII museum. We stopped back at our hotel for my parents to rest a little while before leaving. Last year on our swamp tour we only saw a few alligators. This year we saw so many more. But I am destined for rain every time we take one. At least we got lucky and got a covered boat. Still had a good time. Back at the museum my other son was able to see everything he missed the last trip. We figured they would have already grabbed a cab back to the hotel by the time we were done. But when we called they were still there so we swung by and picked them up just as it was closing. My mom and I were in need of a shower so went back to the hotel to get cleaned up and ready for dinner.
Dinner this night was at Desire on Bourbon Street. It was fun just walking up there and as soon as we were seated there was a wedding second line going up the street so I had to go out and watch it. We had oysters, bbq shrimp, crawfish ettouffee, and red beans and rice.It was all very good. So were the cold Abita Ambers. After dinner we walked to Jackson Square and decided to take a carriage ride. We had to wait a little while because apparently everyone else had the same idea! Our driver took us over to Esplanade (I love the houses) and through Frenchmen Street and the Marigny Triangle. We loved it. My mom wanted to know why I hadnt taken here there before! I think she forgets that she cant take her grandchildren in bars yet! Since it was Saturday night Frenchmen Street was pretty lively and we could hear all the great music. After the tour was over it was back to the hotel but we did stop for some to go beers to drink on the way back and my little pigs wanted one more Lucky Dog. We had a pretty good day.
Sunday morning we got up and got packed. We walked around to Cafe Beignet for breakfast. We all got the Southern Breakfast (eggs, bacon, grits, and french bread). Pretty simple but it was good. And of course we got beignets for dessert! Their courtyard was pretty shady and there was a nice breeze so it made a good spot for breakfast. Got back to the hotel to finish packing and checked out. On our way out of town we stopped at St. Louis Cemetery #1. My parents had never been and we didn't make it the last trip with the kids. I could spend hours there reading the markers. Next time I am going to book a tour. Even if I am the only one that goes. It was time to say good bye. New Orleans is one of my absolute favorite places. And I am so grateful that my kids love it here too. If anyone is on the fence about bringing your children here, get off that fence and take them. There is so much for them here.
So thats it! We didn't too a ton of stuff, but we did have a great little trip.