I’ve been to New Orleans multiple times but wanted to go back for a day to capture the city for the blog. For this trip, I traveled with my friend Sarah Kelly. Sarah is a fellow co-worker at Southwest Airlines and also an amazing photographer, check out her website. We flew there Saturday morning and returned Saturday night. With little time to spare we headed straight to the French Quarter.
Here are the highlights:
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Cafe Du Monde
We caught an uber from the airport ($30 for reference) and headed straight to Cafe du Monde. Cafe du Monde is a classic and required stop if you are visiting New Orleans. There is only one item on the menu- beignets! Be prepared to stand in-line when you visit. Don’t worry, the line goes fast and if you are truly in a rush there is a to-go window on the right-hand side of the building. A few things to know about cafe du monde before you go:
- Cafe du Monde is cash only!
- They are open 24/7… Late night snack anyone?
- There is no way to avoid getting covered in powdered sugar- embrace it.
After filling up on coffee and beignets we took a walk around The St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Walking around Jackson square is the perfect introduction to the New Orleans culture. There is no way to describe it. In one block you can find:
- Street performers
- Artist setting up shops on the sidewalk
- Tourist walking around with drinks (There is no open container law)
- Adorable souvenir shops
- And more!
Sarah and I soaked in the surroundings by watching a street performer group then headed to one of my all-time favorite stops, The Carousel Bar.
The Carousel Bar
Sarah took this amazing photo of The Carousel Bar. And yes- It does rotate! Not fast enough to make you feel dizzy but fast enough to notice. I think we did about three rotations while having Bloody marys and champagne.
The bar/hotel also has an extended lounge, pictured below, with jazz music at nights. We didn’t stick around for the music, but I would really enjoy going back. Jazz music is a cornerstone of the culture in New Orleans. Each year the city hosts a Jazz & heritage festival around the end of April. I went last year and would definitely recommend going to the festival.
Pat O’s is another classic and required stop for your trip to New Orleans. Located off Bourbon st., Pat O’Brien’s features a courtyard for drinks, pictured below, and dining inside. Their most famous drink is the hurricane, some Vodka+sugar combination. I’m not a fan of the hurricane, but definitely try it once or just buy the souvenir cup to say you’ve been to Pat O’Brien’s.
Bourbon Street is always alive. It doesn’t have to be Mardi Gras or a special occasion, any weekend is a good weekend to visit Bourbon Street. It’s a great bar strip for birthdays or bachelorette parties. I’d recommend starting your walk at Pat O’Brien’s (Bourbon and St. Peter St.) and walking towards Canal St. this is where you’ll find most of the action. You can walk down the street with an open drink and enjoy the street performers. Sarah and I got a picture with some parrots and walked around taking photos. I was really excited to get tips from Sarah on how to use my new camera. She also helped me learn about Adobe Lightroom. I have so much to learn about blogging and photography!
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