We were interested in the kind of vacation where we immersed ourselves in the culture, food and history of New Orleans, but not so much the party scene because that is not our thing. Many of my friends back home felt we could not find "family-friendly" activities in New Orleans, but I think we were pretty successful. Here is what we did:
Day One: Arrived in the early afternoon and checked into our B&B, then sought lunch. We ate at the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen. I had not seen LPK mentioned here, but we liked it very much. Simple pizza for my picky teen and artichoke ravioli and spinach and roasted tomato calzone for the more adventurous. Lots of menu options and the friendliest restaurant service we encountered on our trip. Then we took a stroll through the French Market, Moonwalk and by St. Louis Cathedral to get the lay of the land--and to find someplace to buy a big tub of sunscreen. On day one and on every day I was repeatedly struck by how beautiful New Orleans is and how every nook and cranny looks just like a postcard.