City Park in New Orleans – The quieter side of the city
I am taking a break from cooking and recipes associated with Mardi Gras today to show you the quieter side of New Orleans. I have made Creole Jambalaya, King Cake and a few Sazeracs, so I have definitely paid my tribute to the Carnival season!
As you may know, tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, so I am sure the city of New Orleans is pretty wound up right about now with all sorts of revelers, festivities and people having way too much fun. When we were there a week ago, the city was just beginning the parades and parties associated with Mardi Gras, so we missed all of the big fun.
There are many beautiful serene places and moments to be found in New Orleans. One of them is City Park, which is a short drive from the French Quarter. We are sharing some of the photos from our visit to City Park with you today along with a few other quiet moments from our trip to the Crescent City.
Everyone says "bottoms up" during Mardi Gras...even the ducks!
The Capitol Building
If you are looking for something a bit more lively and related to food and drink for Mardi Gras, then be sure to check out the following posts:
Creole Jambalaya and a visit to New Orleans and Bourbon Street
King Cake for Mardi Gras
Sazerac – The original Sazerac recipe and The Sazerac Bar in New Orleans
Enjoy your week!
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Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in Journalism and award-winning travel writer. She is the author and owner of PratesiLiving.com with her husband, coauthor of Southern Heat, and co-owner of On the Road Culinary Adventures, a culinary travel business. She is a contributor to the Travel section of U.S. News & World Report and freelances for other publications including The Points Guy, USA TODAY, Cruise Critic, Travel + Leisure, Garden & Gun, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, Reader's Digest, Forbes Travel Guide, Smarter Travel, TripAdvisor, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine and World Travel Magazine. Her work has also been featured on MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and SheKnows.
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She and her husband traded in big city life in Atlanta for shorts and flip-flops on Fernandina Beach, Florida. They are enjoying the coastal lifestyle with their Tibetan Terrier, Rhythm.
Great photos! I love those old southern trees. 🙂
What a beautiful city… I really need to visit. Looks like my kind of place. 🙂
One can always use a quiet respite while in New Orleans! Love the image of the swans and ducks in motion. Have a great week, Gwen. (Oh, and I’d love to share my pics of Ireland with your sometime – too bad that you had to alter your plans.)
Gwen, the pictures are lovely! What a great Blog on New Orleans!
Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures and recipe’s along with the wonderful stories.
That park looks so beautiful – sorry we missed it. Too many things to photograph in that city, for sure! I’ll think I’ll tag along with John next year…and make this an annual adventure!
Your travelogue of New Orleans is beautiful, and quite informative.. I do hope to get there soon. .