정호진집사 가정의 봄방학 New Orleans 여행기입니다.
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Spring break 2017! Just decided to go out of town for a family trip a couple weeks in advance!
New Orleans area is my home in the US. Back in 1989 for 2 years, when I was young, arrived NOLA to pursue my American dreams with my family. Started off working as a janitor, warehouse picker, living in a small apartment complex with only one vehicle. I will never forget those colorful memories with my family bond so close together as one crew and one team. I really wanted to show all those memories to my kids since now they are ages 12 and up, understandable and learnable of their father's family's history.
Day1. Left home almost noon and arrived at Mobile in the evening. Ate at one of our favorite restaurants, Waffle House. Checked in Hampton Inn which I used my Hilton points.
Day2. On our way to NO, we went to Biloxi beach in the morning. Steve and I started running at the beach, but he stopped because he was uncomfortable with his sandals. My regular black nike shoes with socks didn't collect any sand. I ended up running 2 miles.
We played a couple of hours in the beautiful white sands  and we arrived NO in the afternoon and drove to my 1st place I lived in the US which is Ash Street in Metairie LA. 
I showed my family around area and explained my family life there. As we drove around, it refreshed my memories of those fine times.
It was already past lunch time and we searched for a nearby restaurant.
There was a good one right around the corner. I used to live there but never thought that that was a restaurant and guessed it was a seafood market. The picture tells what I mean. 
Next to the market there is a small entrance to the restaurant. Joyce and I shared 6 pounds of boiled craw fish. Yummy!
After lunch we drove to the longest bridge, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, which is 23 miles one way. This is a really long bridge, and we couldn't see any land when we were in the halfway. Amazing! What can not be built if there is a dream and passion!
After cross the lake we went to Fontainebleau State Park and relaxed, enjoyed lake view and playground.
Before we check in, we stopped by Dicks to look around if there was any sale. Got 2 shirts and a red nike hat for Steve.
We ended up going to a pizza place, Italian Pie, for dinner. Since nobody was hungry, we ordered a small pizza and alfredo. Only 6 slices for 4 people was not enough. Steve really liked this pizza and wanted to come back but we all wanted to try different foods next time.
Day3. Since we booked "Comfort Suites Inn" in Slidell about 50 minutes from New Orleans, we had to drive but NOLA hotels are expensive. We went to Canal Place and parked. We went down to the mall and showed around glass elevator, food court, movie theatre and all 3 floors. Explained grandpa, grandma, uncle Sam, uncle Sky and dad used to work there as janitor. It was good to show them our family history. It was pretty special and emotional.
We went out to Canal Street and walked to catch St. Charles Street Car. This is historic landmark so doesn't have AC or Heating. Great experience for us to ride the old green car on rail. Mansions along the street were gorgeous and historic.
We got off at Tulane university and Loyola university area. Those private colleges are beautiful and students must be lucky enough nearby Audubon Park.
Across street from Loyola, was beautiful Audubon park. We walked around about a 2 mile circle around the golf course. The scenery was so amazing and gorgeous with the old oak trees.
Back to the Street Car and got off at Canal Street. We decided to go to "cafe du monde" for beignets. Long waiting line means this is one of must visit place in NOLA. Beignet is a fancy word of square donut.^^. Bought canned coffee and mug as well. 
Walked to Moon Walk along the river. I thought the "Moon" is from the shape, but from the honor of mayor Moon.
Natchez tour boat was fancy but we were going to ride the Ferry. 
Fare was $2 per person. It used to be free. The Ferry carries people between NOLA and East bank with reasonable fare.
Back to the Moon Walk and walked back to Jackson Square. 
Esther wanted to walk around more to see the historic buildings.
We walked around to French Quarter. There several street Jazz bands and musicians. I wish I had good musical ears and some bucks to give!
Went to a gift shop and bought several gifts and we ended up eating at a chicken place on Canal Street because Steve and Esther don't like sea food.
Day4. We ate a huge breakfast before check out. On the way, mom wanted to see Dauphin Island so we visited Fort Ganes and beach area.
On our way back short lunch break with leftover to go foods. Way to save time and bucks!
On the way back, we had a dinner at Grand River outlet food court which my wife disliked due to extra driving and not the food she wanted. Well! It happens! God is so awesome He created and maintaining all of nature. It is so thankful that we have precious children and dedicated wife.