New Orleans is one of the cities I’m not sure I’d ever get tired of. There is so much culture, good food, colorful streets and buildings and the people we were fortunate enough to meet were among the friendliest I’ve encountered while traveling! It wasn’t quite as warm as I would have thought it would have been considering it in “the south” but the food such as the pralines, grilled oysters and beignets were AMAZING.
Every time I travel to a “new to me” place, I always try the local food and avoid the chain restaurants at all cost. We often find the little hole in the wall restaurants and then ask the staff where to go next. We’ve ended up at some pretty amazing places doing this! We’ve often gotten the inside scoop on places to go to avoid the tourists and get the best deal on foods we wouldn’t have known otherwise.
We experienced so much in our 4 days there that when I look back at the pictures I still can’t believe it! I got check off a few things from the bucket list including throwing and receiving beads on Bourbon Street and dancing our little hearts out in the bar owned by Channing Tatum called Sinners and Saints . What happens in New Orleans…stays in New Orleans, except for what we took pictures of! haha!
Please note: all photos were taken with my handy dandy Iphone! 🙂
Our first stop after getting off the plane and getting into the rental car was the Oak Valley Plantation where were strolled thru the 28 GIANT 350 year old (or older) Oak Trees sipping our Mint Julep! We toured the Big House, the landscape and the most humbling of all, the slavery exhibit! It’s one of those things you just have to experience in person.
I realize these aren’t the best images….they were taken at high noon with my cell phone!
Next stop was our hotel which was full of Big Easy Swag! Check out this contemporary and newly renovated Cambria hotel and suites in the downtown warehouse district. I loved that our hotel room had concrete ceilings and the wall paper had skulls!!
I think we basically ate our way thru the streets…but nothing compared to the beignets at Cafe Du Monte! We were told by EVERYONE to make a stop there and I can totally see why. They were little fried dough goodness! I would be lying if I told you we didn’t go literally everyday and that EVERYDAY the line was around the corner. I gained a good 10lbs that week because of these suckers! Incase you are wandering…yes you can buy the mix! haha!
Another thing on out list was to find Lafittes Blackmith Shop Bar! CHECK! It was built between 1722 and 1732 by Nicolas Touze and is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. You can see the full bar in the image below. We had a quick drink and then went on our way…
So this is “The Red Room” and it’s above Muriel’s in Jackson Square. We were told about this from one of the locals and apparently it’s known as the seance room! Although Muriel’s embraces the paranormal eccentricities of the building, they do not explicitly advertise it. If you would like to view the séance rooms or Jourdan’s table, simply ask one of the restaurant staff members.
Just a few scenes around town! So many cool things to see! We also did the “City of the Dead” cemetery tour! It was just a small walking tour around the city where we ended up at the Grave Yard. I’m so happy we went…I learned so much information and our guide was amazing! It’s so unique in so many ways and we learned that it is the burial place of Marie Laveau, the legendary “voodoo queen.” Believers and non-believers alike make pilgrimages to her tomb to make offerings to her spirit in return for what they hope will be blessings.
Did I mention that we threw and caught beads on Bourbon Street?!
I got to take a few minutes and check out the Mississippi River and caught a gorgeous sunset!!
I was on a mission to catch a Drag Show and we ventured to Oz and met two men who had just gotten married. We danced the night away with their wedding party! I mean….I love me a wedding party! haha!
The next morning we got up to catch a tour in the swamp. We had gorgeous weather and being on the water was relaxing as we lured in a few gaters with marshmallows!
This picture cracks me up! It’s my photo bomber turned friend! He was with a group of friends and we playing around while she was getting my picture. WE laughed about this afterwards…but check out the shake at Shake Therapy! I can litterally hear myself getting fatter just looking at this picture. You get to make your own concoction!
Remember how I said there were a lot of firsts! Well I had my first raw oyster! It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be but when the bartender found out I ordered the grilled oysters without ever trying a raw one..they made me try it!
Let me tell you….grilled oysters are AMAZING! So amazing in fact we went and had them again the next night! haha!
I got my palms read….while in Rome right!
I can’t wait to go back…there’s so much more food to enjoy!! haha!