First, let me say that I have been visiting New Orleans and attending JazzFest for the last 14+ years with various family members; my mom, aunt, cousins……all girls! I Love JazzFest. No more really needs to be said, it is a long weekend of laughing and crying with music and food thrown in for fun. We always invade my sister-in-law’s (and my step-brother’s before he passed away) home and stay up long into the nights enjoying the time together.
This year was going to be different…….I was taking the RV and Barry. How was that going to work out? He is not a music-lover like me and lots of walking and standing are not for him. Staying in the RV and not with the family? What was I going to miss?
Good surprise: we camped at Bayou Segnette State Park on the WestBank of New Orleans. This was a great choice; quiet with so many frogs croaking, dark at night, wide sites with a bayou surrounding us. No good WiFi though and no sewer hookups made it a long week, but we were just 10 minutes from my sister-in-law’s home and good food all around made up for that.
My nephew had flown up from Key West to spend the week with us, another first, that gave us time to really get to know him as an adult, not a kid anymore. I started off with a dinner of delicious soft-shelled crabs that had me ready for anything going forward! And that was not just plain potato salad — that was shrimp & red potato salad made from a Boil!
Locally, Barry & I found a great breakfast diner, We Geaux Cafe, just 5 minutes from the park. (Okay here’s the joke: we were in Westwego, LA, named for the western access around southern Lake Pontchartrain. Every word in NOLA is mangled with Creole/Cajun and and Geaux is pronounced Go, so it was “We Go Cafe in West We Go, LA!!) Another first: grilled biscuits! Whaaat? A hand-made biscuit baked until light and fluffy inside, then sliced and grilled on a flat-top griddle for perfection! Oh my goodness, we had to go there almost every morning to satisfy our grilled biscuit craving!
We also had to stop at Morning Call and found this one in City Park near the Botanical Gardens. This is my Favorite Place for cafe au lait and beignets in New Orleans….I know you are thinking what about Cafe Du Monde? It’s good, but for the best, it has to be Morning Call.
We strolled over to the Botanical Gardens to enjoy a beautiful day together, mom, aunt, nephew and me! Lovely sculptures and plantings surrounded us as we walked and talked together. Outside the walls, protestors were clashing with local police over the removal of Confederate statues; inside the walls, peace and quiet. Sadly the protestors lost the battle and the historical statues were removed by the politicians. Inside the Garden though, this lovely nymph continues to play her flute silently.