Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

When visiting New Orleans we always camp at Bayou Segnette SP on the west bank of the Mississippi River. A twenty minute drive gets us to Algiers Point and a short ferry trip across the Mississippi to the French Quarter.

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Festival Bound

This was our second visit to the French Quarter Festival. The festival runs for four days and is free. Stages are set up throughout the Quarter and features a variety of local and regional talent. Good food and friendly people make for a fun time.

The Abita Stage, always well attended
The Panorama Jazz Band
The Kings of Brass

In addition to the formal stages there are plenty of street performers to entertain you as you wander the streets.

This group of high school musicians got together to busk @ the festival

Wandering New Orleans is always a treat with lots of interesting architecture.

Whenever we visit New Orleans we make a point to visit the 1,300 acre City Park. The park is about 50% larger than Central Park in NYC and is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), a sculpture garden, a botanical garden and lots of open space.

One of Nick Cave’s Sound Suits at NOMA
Part of the sculpture garden
The Magnolia Trees were blossoming
The park has our favorite coffee and beignet stop

New Orleans has lots of interesting neighborhoods to explore, the Bywater, Marigny, Treme, Irish Channel and the Garden District to name a few. With limited time we decided to wander the Garden District.

Lafayette Cemetery founded in 1833

You never know what you’ll see as you wander NOLA.

Sunset on the Mississippi River

After the festival we moved our base of operations to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and Fairview River SP.

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To get to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain you have to travel the 24 mile causeway from New Orleans.

It’s a big lake

Situated along the north shore of the lake are a number of small towns that we wanted to check out. Abita Springs, home to Abita brewing was one of them.

Pat’s winning shuffle board form
A hoarder’s delight

Connecting many of the north shore towns is the 31 mile Tammany Trace asphalt bike path. We road a section in Covington and Mandeville.

Along the Trace in Mandeville

We’ve reached the point in our trip where it’s time to start heading north. The trip home won’t be rushed, we still have some new locales to explore.