Last week I was fortunate to visit New Orleans for three days to attend the big (like 8000 people big) annual NCTM math educators conference. I was presenting a session on Friday morning and attended sessions on Wednesday evening, Thursday and Friday afternoon. I filled in any free time with exploring the city.
First impressions of New Orleans...unique, lively, very rich in a deep, historical culture and beliefs. New Orleans has always been on my bucket travel list and I am so glad I was able to go - only wish that Neil and the boys had been with me to experience it!
My first night there I got talked into going to a Haunted History tour of the French Quarter. The history part was fascinating...the haunted part, not so much!
I had my first beignet at Cafe du Monde for breakfast on Thursday morning before I headed to the conference. I hopped on a street car that took me along the Mississippi River to the French Market area of the French Quarter. Such historical and beautiful streets and archictecture.
On Friday evening, some colleagues and I did our own little tour of the Garden District, stopping first at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Fascinating.
The houses and gardens (mansions, former plantation houses, etc) were stunning.
Being mathy types, we got kind of fixated on arrays in the doors and windows of these historical homes.
After this, we decided for a full-on juxtaposition and headed for Bourban Street. We walked down a block and decided that was enough. Beads hanging from lamp posts, lots of celebrations going on...quite the experience.
I tried my best to try all sorts of regional cuisine, so along with beignets, I tried...
And what kind of regional treats do you bring home for the family? Well, Cafe du Monde beignet mix of course as well as Voodoo Hot Sauce and Pralines (there are praline candy stores and kitchens all over town).
It was a great conference in a great city with lots of great food!