This was probably one of our favorite days!

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We woke up in beautiful (& considerably warm) New Orleans. This is what it looked like out the 40th floor of the Marriott (me and Miles asked to get the highest possible room – there were 44 floors!).

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We headed straight down to the French Quarter & to Cafe Dumonde to enjoy some beignets! The place was amazing & so were the beignets – plus we had a guy playing guitar right outside the restaurant – it was awesome.

We spent the next couple hours exploring through the streets of New Orleans, just checking things out, taking TONS of pictures, and taking it all in.

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Somewhere in there, the kids got to explore a New Orleans PD car.

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And they got some cool balloon swords & hats (which popped about 10 minutes later!)

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We took a mule & carriage ride, where we got to hear about the history of the city, which was great – totally worth it, except that Jen got a major allergy reaction and we spent the next half hour looking for some benadryl!

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We got to meet my good blog friend, “WorshipCity” / Conner, and his daughter for lunch (by the way, keep his son, Gavin in your prayers). They drove all the way out from Baton Rouge just to hang out with us – and we had never met in person! How cool is that? Anyway, we ate lunch at a place of his suggesting, Cafe Maspero’s – IT WAS AMAZING! I am a new fan of something called the Muffuletta! It’s the perfect food:

A typical muffuletta consists of one muffuletta loaf, split horizontally. The loaf is then covered with a marinated olive salad, then layers of capicola, salami, mortadella, emmentaler, and provolone. The sandwich is sometimes heated through to soften the provolone.

It seriously doesn’t get much better than that in my book, except maybe a Filet Minon. Well we all stuffed ourselves and then walked over to the Riverwalk area – there’s a mall over there. Let me just say, this was March and it was probably like 80 degrees – I was DYING! I don’t know if the humidity was up, or what, but I thought I might pass out until we got into the air conditioned mall.

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The whole time the kids were playing and running around like they were best friends – it was so cool. We got to know Conner, a little of his story, and his family. It was so cool to meet him in real life.

After we said goodbye to Conner, we headed back to our hotel to check out. We decided that we loved New Orleans so much that we were gonna stay all day and just figure out the drive to Texas later. So that’s exactly what we did.

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We hung out the rest of the day in New Orleans – listened to a few bands, tried some more food, shopped in the French Market, and just soaked in all that culture.

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On our walk out of the Quarter, back to our car, we stopped by the local Fire Department, where we got Miles a NOFD shirt, and he got a full on tour of the truck & station by some very friendly fire fighters.

We had a total blast! We’re gonna go back someday – hopefully soon.


Here’s a little slide show of all the pictures we took in New Orleans (Miles actually took quoite a few pics!) – some really cool stuff!

So when we finally got on the road it was probably 5pm or so – so we just drove as far as we could, which ended up being Natchitoches, Louisiana. When we pulled in at around 11pm – it was like 40 degrees! We were happy to crawl into bed and crash out.

Designer. Communicator. Solutions Architect. Husband. Father of 4. Friend of God. I've dabbled in building, graphic design, worship, music, media, communications, connections, leadership, and now I'm an executive pastor at Rancho Community Church in Southern California.

3 Comments

  1. Wow! You fit a lot in there. That pic from the 40th floor is incredible!

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  2. Haha! Amazing. I was waiting for you to post your pics and story before I put them up. It was your trip after all :)
    We had so much fun! I’m glad ya’ll took the rest of the day to enjoy it! There’s so much to do and see. It looks like ya’ll got a great feel for the city! Music and food is what it’s all about.

    It still cracks me up about the weather. I remember thinking what a beautiful and near perfect day it was! HAHAHAHA. I guess you really do just get used to it.

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  3. Right on. That pic of the jazz combo makes me indescribably jealous. :)

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