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New Orleans | February 2015


A few weeks ago I got the chance to take a road trip with my closest friends to New Orleans! We all had never been and were so eager to experience a place unlike any other. 

We decided to drive down and we unfortunately got stuck right in the middle of a terrible snow storm in Kentucky. It took us 16 hours to drive to Louisiana! But we finally made it!

We had our own balcony and had a beautiful view of the city. We didn't get to New Orleans until about 8pm so we didn't explore much the first night. 

We had a very lovely meal at a beautiful restaurant known as Emeril's, yes it is one of Chef Emeril's locations, it was very beautiful and everyone was very kind! 


New Orleans during the afternoon




We got there on the last day of Mardi Gras, otherwise known as "Fat Tuesday". We only went to one of the parades but it was such a cool experience! It was so surreal to think that you're actually experiencing the REAL Mardi Gras. Everyone was dressed up and beads, stuffed animals, umbrellas and other items were being thrown into the crowd. 







How cool is this Alien float? It was probably my favorite!




We headed down to the French Quarter to explore and do some shopping. The whole area was so cute and artistic. There were so many cute and interesting shops as well. 


A very popular brand I saw nearly everywhere I went was "Slap Ya Mama" which I found quite comical.






There were horse drawn carriages all over the streets. It made me pretty sad for the horses, honestly. It was a weird thing to see though, we don't have those roaming around the cities back in Ohio.


It was so cool to see people just singing and playing instruments on the sides of the street. There was also performers, like the Statue Man, who I didn't get a photo of unfortunately.


This absolutely beautiful church I found looked like a castle and was sitting in the prettiest square/park. If I lived here I would come here every day to sit under the trees and relax, it was gorgeous here. 





We stumbled upon this woman named Aamara who gave palm readings. I got my palms read for the first time and it was such a cool and unique experience! I don't know if I 100% believed everything, but I think it was worth it just for the experience. I've always been afraid to get one of these but she had nothing but positive things to say, which true or false, is still a great motivator. 

We stopped at this gorgeous little restaurant and had absolutely amazing food! I tried crawfish and feta crepes and it was SO delicious. Definitely my favorite meal I had down there. 

My dessert was creme brulee and it was also the first time I had that as well and it was super yummy! 







We were only down there for about 2 1/2 days but it was so gorgeous and I wish we could have stayed longer! It was such an amazing experience and I definitely want to visit again! New Orleans is filled with so much culture and the kindest people, I miss it already!



22 comments :

  1. That sucks about the snow storm but glad you made it! Looks like a fantastic time!

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  2. Beautiful photo diary!! Thanks for sharing! ;)
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    Jeanne
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  3. Beautiful pictures, going to mardi grass is one of the things i've always wanted to do. my boyfriend always tell me about how good the food is in new orleans and i can tell because of your pictures. Thanks for sharing!
    x,Abril
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  4. New Orleans definitely gets in your bones! Mardi Gras down there is a blast, especially some of the night parades! Jackson Square and visiting the St. Louis Cathedral is one thing we do everytime we go. To me, it gets more beautiful everytime I walk in. On your next visit you should make a stop by Cafe Du Monde ;) the best beignets and cafe au lait!

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    1. We planned on stopping into Cafe Du Monde but it was incredibly busy and had an insane line out onto the street! We just didn't have time this trip. I'm hoping to go back next year and I'll definitely try to get in!

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  5. Wow looks like an awesome place

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  6. Wow, that sounds like so much fun, seriously!
    I *hope* to make a detour to New Orleans during my cross-country move/road trip. Lol. Did you visit the above-ground cemeteries? That's what I really want to do, and visit Marie Laveau's grave, too.
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    1. I hope you get to! It's a lovely place. I really really wanted to visit some cemeteries but we were so busy down there and we ran out of time ): I'm hoping to go back next year and do some more exploring!

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  7. Gorgeous pictures! that place is so beautiful!

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  8. Beautiful photos!

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  9. New Orleans looks like a such cool and fun place to be! Loved all the photos :D

    Pink Demure

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  10. New Orleans seems like a magical place...:) Love your photos!

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  11. I would love to visit this city, as well as all other US states! So wonderful photos dear! ^-^
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  12. Nice Shots! I don't know New Orleans but it definitely looks very appealing!

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  13. I remember being in New Orleans this past summer. Looking at these pictures takes me back! I wish I could visit during Mardi Gras. NOLA has a very unique feel

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  14. Love the pics, such beautiful scenery. I always wanted to visit there myself

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  15. Very beautiful pics, such a lovely scenary. I always wanted to visit there myself.

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  16. Thanks for sharing. Indeed it seems a very cool place.

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