In honor of Mardi Gras, today I'm sharing the highlights of our visit to New Orleans last summer...
With 2 days left of an almost 2-week vacation with all 4 kids, we we all feeling the "effects". But today's destination was the one I was most excited about for our return trip home: New Orleans! I have many treasured memories of trips to New Orleans to visit my grandmother and since my mother was born and raised there, I feel a special connection to the city.
But to get there, we had to spend most of the day driving through hot, sticky Mississippi. It's the kind of suffocating heat and humidity that takes your breath away and sucks the energy clear out of you.
Here we have Miss Mikea glistening with sweat at our stop for lunch. Poor baby looks so tired.
We also drove past the cemetery where my grandparents are buried. I wanted to go in, but the cemeteries are considered unsafe to visit unless you're with a group. And I don't think our "group" counts!
We were just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the French Market, our next destination. Below you will see the 500 Babies standing in front of the mighty Mississippi! A bunch of squirmy kids standing feet from the river was enough to make me nervous so we soon left to go find the famous Cafe Du Monde.
The kids were fascinated by the street performers, especially "Robot Man" and Billy convinced them to stand next to him for a picture. As cool as Robot Man was from a distance, the looks on the kids' faces tell you that he's a little unnerving close-up.