In May, my husband and I took our first ever trip to New Orleans. It’s kind of amazing that we hadn’t been before. Less than 8 hours away by car, it’s a super easy drive…and with how much we like to travel, there’s really no excuse for us not visiting before now!
We were there for a planner conference called Go Wild!, which was amazing and really deserves its own post. I was at the conference for much of the day, but we had afternoons to explore the city and that is really what I want to share with you – my favorite pieces of New Orleans.
When I think of New Orleans, now and forever, I’ll think of color. The city was vibrant. The people bright. The music everywhere. It was a feast for the senses.
That’s my husband playing drums with a street performer (who was hilarious, by the way).
I wasn’t super excited about the food before we left. I don’t like seafood, and I don’t like anything spicy. So. That basically puts about 95% of the restaurants in the area on my “Don’t Eat” list. Ha. But we also didn’t want to eat at places we could have at home – so no chain restaurants for us. And you know what? I found plenty of amazing food to eat.
We ended up eating at Cafe Amelie twice – once for lunch, and again for brunch (YES…GO HERE FOR BRUNCH). Funnily enough, my aunt, who I have not seen for probably 12 years, was in New Orleans at the same time we were (her first trip, also!). We ended up meeting her at Cafe Amelie for brunch. The world is small, y’all.
Another highlight was the mule tour. Partially because I’m obsessed with anything related to a horse and have a soft spot for mules, and partially because it was awesome. Our tour guide was full of interesting facts and tidbits about New Orleans history, and it was a unique way to see the city.
While in New Orleans, you’ve got to try a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s. Or two. Or three. It’s all good. You’re on vacation! It was a beautiful day with occasional rain, and the patio at Pat O’Brien’s was pumping out the 90’s pop and hip hop. I was in heaven.
I wish I’d had more time to walk around and just take pictures. There are so many beautiful images in New Orleans. I wish I’d had the time (and skill) to really capture more.
No trip to Louisiana would be complete without a visit to the bayou! This was actually the #1 thing I had on my “Must Do in New Orleans” to-do list. I think that because I read so much as a kid, I have all these places in my mind that I feel like I. MUST. VISIT., if only because I read about them once as a child. The Ozarks was one such place. The bayou is another.
So, we took an alligator tour of some local bayous (although the guy who sold us the tickets called it a swamp…I prefer to think of it as a magical bayou).
And there were gators. Lots and lots and lots of gators!
That pretty much sums up the highlight of our trip. A beautiful and busy time in a beautiful and busy city.
Have you ever been to New Orleans? What was your favorite part?