Travel Diary: NOLA

8:30 AM

Hello everyone! I am back! I took a week off from posting because I took vacation (finally). It's been practically a year since I went on vacation and I was ready for it. I went down to New Orleans for the first time to attend a friend's wedding. My fiance and I decided to make a vacation out for it, so we arrived a day before the wedding and stayed 3 days after the wedding. Check out the fun we had:


Places

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.


Food

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

Drink

There are two drinks you have to try when you go to New Orleans: Hurricane (photo below) and Hand Grenade (2nd photo). They're both extremely sweet and extremely strong! It's a drink you want to have if you want a good night. In my opinion, Hurricanes taste much better. Hand Grenades taste like cough medicine at first and the sweetness if too much.

Outfits
Just a few of my fun outfits during the trip!






Sigh, I miss it already! I will be back for you New Orleans, maybe in 5 years though. Have you been before?

          

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10 comments

  1. I've never been, but I'd love to some day.
    The hand grenade drink looks craaaazy. How quick did you finish it?!?
    I'm so glad you had a great vacay. You deserve it!

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    1. It took me a while to finish it because it's sooo sweet. Even so, if you have a Hand Grenade and a Hurricane in one night, it'll knock you down!

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  2. Never been to New Orleans, but it looks like a place I want to visit! Love the architecture, and I wouldn't say no to a plate of that gumbo.

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    1. It's hard to once you get a taste! You keep wanting more.

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  3. Welcome back May, New Orleans looks like a wonderful place to vacation. I have never but I have always heard fab things about it from people who have visited.

    Keisha xo
    The Chrysalis Gal

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  4. Native New Orleanian and I am so glad that you had a great time. Next time, you take a trip to NOLA; do reach out and I can recommend tons of things to do, see, and eat.

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  5. Looks like an amazing trip!

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  6. I love New Orleans. The food is incredible! Looks like you had a fantastic time!

    xoxo Lauren | Will Sing For Makeup

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  7. I've never been there. Sounds and looks like you had great time. The drinks look so yummy.
    Nina
    Nina's Style Blog

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  8. Still on my bucket list. Looks fabulous.

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