When we arrived in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, we checked into the hotel and made a beeline for our traditional first stop, Acme Oyster House. The girls didn't get to sample any of our raw oysters, but they were excited to see them in their shells. The girls chowed down on crab claws, and then made themselves at home with some crawfish etouffee.
|Nothing fancy...but oh, so good!!!|
Following our early dinner, we made our way to the Mighty Mississippi. The girls loved looking at all the boats...and all the interesting people, too!
|My jewels of the Mississippi!|
And the perfect ending to our day was the girls' introduction to Cafe du Monde. They'd been looking forward to that for a long, long time...and the beignets did not disappoint!
|Baby A, checking out the scene while our table was cleaned.|
|Behold! Our sugar-laden feast!|
|B shows her approval!|
|A rare family photo...at one of our favorite places, to boot!|
The girls got paper hats, and I will always remember the walk back to the hotel...
...they were quite the attraction in their pigtails, powdered sugar-smudged faces, and Cafe du Monde hats!
The next morning, we found an excellent cafe for breakfast, and then headed to the aquarium.
|Waiting on the aquarium to open...love this picture!|
After the aquarium, we headed just outside the French Quarter for lunch at Mother's. B wasn't feeling super well, but we still had a nice lunch...more etouffee for the girlies, a poboy for Hubby and me...capped off with some bread pudding for dessert.
And then we headed to Jackson Square for some milling around.
|Walking through Jackson Square|
|Mommy and her babies!|
|Here comes B, with A in the background...finding a "treasure", no doubt.|
We found a gelato shop, which was the perfect afternoon treat!
|This kid enjoys every single drop!|
|The girls were a little preoccupied by watching some dogs on a nearby balcony. :)|
|B thought it was GREAT fun!|
|Where is Baby A hiding??!!!|
We walked around a little more...
|Love this scene, with Jackson Square in the background!|
|Such a pretty door...my A couldn't resist touching the lion! (I don't think she actually knocked...hope not, anyway!)|
We rounded out Day 2 with dinner at another favorite, the Gumbo Shop. The girls split a catfish dish, over a bed of creamed spinach with hollandaise. (I write that down, because they loved it so much!)