I’ve been making an annual visit to New Orleans for a decade and just recently discovered the best way to see this miraculous city: on two wheels! The folks at FreeWheelin’ Bike Tours certainly know how to bike the Big Easy.
We pedaled out of the French Quarter to the beautiful tree lined Esplanade Ave – the dividing point between the Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. Magnificent antebellum homes adorn the thoroughfare, each one a historical treasure. Our “Creole & Crescent” tour then rolled past the Edgar Degas house, the Fair Grounds Race Course (home to the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival), and City Park – an inspiring outdoor oasis that I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t previously know existed.
City Park is one of the oldest urban parks in the country. Made up of 1300 acres, the park houses a wonderful sculpture garden, the New Orleans Museum of Art, a botanical garden, and “Morning Call” cafe. This is Morning Call’s second outpost and a local favorite serving classic café au lait and beignets 24 hours a day since 1870 (nearly as old as Café Du Monde but with half the powdered sugar).