Who says New Orleans is not perfect for a family visit?! We LOVED NOLA! 

There was so much to do. Mardi Gras is its highlight, but there is so much more than the March parade!

Recently, we flew there for a Ben’s work. He was there to attend a conference, and the kids and I were there to let the good times roll!

(I had always wanted to visit seeing that it used to be French!… Tidbit of history… Did you know that the Louisiana territory used to encompass “all or part of 15 present U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The land purchased contained all of present-dayArkansasMissouriIowaOklahomaKansas, and Nebraska; parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River; most of North Dakota; most of South Dakota; northeastern New Mexico; northern Texas; the portions of MontanaWyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental DivideLouisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans; and small portions of land that would eventually become part of the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.)?”– wikipedia. Incredible, right?!)2- IMG_8343-2 copy logo Love that the streets in the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) are all in English and French.3- IMG_8172-2 copy collage logo 3.1- IMG_8302-2 collage The kids have a great time running around, discovering the city. (But don’t ask them to pose for the camera in front of St. Louis Cathedral… the picture to the right is hilarious.)4- IMG_8167-2 copy collage logo 5- IMG_8246-2 collage logo 6- IMG_8455-2 collage logo 7- IMG_8411-2 collage logo 8- IMG_8431-2 collage logo 9- IMG_8226-3 copy collage logo A lot of French remnants around the Vieux Carré10- IMG_8272-2 collage logo 11- IMG_8336-2 collage logo The famous Bourbon Street. I should add here that Wrestlemania was in town while we were there, (I know, I had to look it up too, Wrestlemania is the WWE or World Wrestling Entertainment equivalent of the Super Bowl) so there were plenty of people dressed up for the event all over the city. When we were walking on Bourbon Street, Shiloh didn’t want to pose too close to the street and was unhappy, until this fellow came by and tried to cheer her up… We didn’t stay on Bourbon very long. We turned around the corner, and it was literally night and day.)12- IMG_8325-2 collage logo Ben was able to enjoy some time with us around town.13- IMG_8318-2 copy logo 14- IMG_8356-2 collage logo 15- IMG_8364-2 collage logo 16- IMG_8462-2 copy collage logoThere are so many parades that there are permanent street signs about parades!17- IMG_8489-3 collage logo 18- IMG_8496-3 collage logo We took the trolley to City Park, and Zac didn’t like the whistling so he plugged his ears–long after the whistling was over.19- IMG_8503 collage logo StoryLand, City Park, New Orleans20- IMG_8536-2 collage logo 21- IMG_8589-2 copy collage logo