With a passport renewal in sight, a visit to the US passport agency New Orleans was in due order. In this post, I will explain how I got my passport renewed in one day as well as sneaking in a day trip of New Orleans.
I didn’t know this was possible until I was in desperate need of a passport renewal. My passport was set to expire in a few months. Did you know some countries don’t let you travel if you have less than 6 months validity on your passport? I went on the State Department’s site and found a few of the requirements. I needed to make an appointment, to show proof of travel within two weeks, and have a valid current passport. The nearest passport office to me was in New Orleans and seeing that I lived three hours away I made an appointment for the morning. My mom decided to join me on the trip and seeing that she went to college at nearby Tulane she’d show me around some of the city.
After the drive to New Orleans which was a straight shot on I-10 from the Pensacola area, I found parking near the passport office. Once inside, I went through the security into the office and handed the payment for the expedited passport service. What surprised me is that they would actually process my passport the same day. I thought that my passport would be mailed to me later. The staff at the passport office told me to come back later that afternoon.
I came to New Orleans on a bright sunny day which was uncharacteristically warm for February. I noticed the street car passing by and the French colonial building.
At this point food was on my mind and my mom also wanted to grab a bite. We walked down Canal Street past liquor stores and massage shops to look at a few different restaurants. After browsing a few menus, we decided on Palace Café. There was a lunch crowd there and it was the busiest of the other restaurants we walked past.
Since I was visiting New Orleans for the first time, I decided to try some of the Creole food. There were a couple of dishes that caught my eye on the menu. After our server read over the menu in a very quick, unique and energetic way, I decided on the turtle soup and Jambalaya and shrimp pasta. Before the food arrived, fresh baguette arrived to the table along with my crisp wine recommended by the server. Later my turtle soup arrive and the staff recommended a flavoring to add to the soup to remove some of the earthy flavor. I took his suggestion and began to eat my first turtle soup. I didn’t notice a gamey flavor at all and just took in the flavorful taste. I kept taking sip after sip and before I knew it the soup was gone.
Next, the pasta arrived and was also delicious. The oil they used for the shrimp and jambalaya was rich in flavor. The portion size was so large I could not finish it all.
After the meal, I was left satisfied and eager to ride the street car down to the cemetery which was the furthest it went. Unfortunately, I had to get back to the passport office to pick up my passport. In the end, I got my passport and was back on the highway reflecting on my New Orleans experience. Walking along the French Quarter and trying the delicious Creole cooking with my mother made me really want to stay in New Orleans. I decided that I would like to spend more time in this lovely city and a return would be inevitable.