We made it to New Orleans. Had a great flight - slept most of the way. Upon arriving at our hotel, we were told we were too early. More or less, go away - come back in a couple of hours... In some locations this would have been a bummer, big time. Not in the Big Easy. We went to the French Quarter.
Cafe du Monde had room for us! We found a table next to the rail and got comfortable. The waiter brought us two orders of beignets (the most fabulous New Orleans donuts) and chicory coffee. What a treat. We have been dreaming of this day one of trip planning. We are definitely going back!!