Travel Diary: NOLA8:30 AM
When we landed in New Orleans, we headed straight to our Airbnb. If you haven't tried Airbnb, you have to! You can find some amazing places for cheap, especially if you book early. In general Airbnb will offer lower prices than hotels and if you book 4-6 months in advance, you will find great places to stay at. The one I found in New Orleans was in the heart of the downtown area and was at least $100 cheaper than the hotels close by. Take a look at what we booked:
Art is so prevalent in New Orleans. There's this one park, Jackson Square, where artists flock to to display their work. I couldn't get many pictures because a lot of them didn't allow it, but their work was beautiful! I was tempted to get a few pieces myself, but since I have a wedding coming up, I had to hold back.
A few feet from Jackson Square is a walkway long the Mississippi River. It was a gorgeous day and the view was very pretty. As a native New Yorker, I'm used to seeing the crazy tall skyscrapers, it's nice to see a different scene! There are so many picturesque buildings along the walk. The details are quite stunning.
One of the recommended sites is the Audubon Aquarium. It was a pretty pricey ticket - it was $30 per person. I had a good time an I learned a lot, I just thought the aquarium would be a little bigger for the price I paid.
Close by to the aquarium is the Holocaust Memorial. We took a look at the sculpture and the artist's reasoning. It was interesting to read his interpretation of it. I like that the sculpture changes as you keep walking past it. This is the view from the right and the below is the view from the left. Two completely different views!
The last place I visited during my trip is Preservation Hall. This music hall is located on Bourbon Street, the most active street in New Orleans. Bands play jazz music in Preservation Hall and it is open to the public. It's tough to get inside without pre-purchased tickets. Lines get extremely long and you're not guaranteed a seat without a pre-purchased ticket. The show was fantastic and music lasted for 45 minutes.
I had so much amazing food while in New Orleans. It was a time for many firsts and I'm so excited that I got the chance to try it. Let's take a look:
First time having gumbo
Eggs & Grits, Eggs, bacon, grits & croissant platter
South of the Border Omelette - ground beef, cheese, egg, salsa and jalapenos
First time having coffee & beignets!
First time having a shrimp po boy
Just a few of my fun outfits during the trip!