I recently took a weekend trip to New Orleans. If I’m being honest, I was pretty much a complete failure at documenting the trip. But my problem with properly photographing and videoing my travels is the whole reason I started this blog in the first place. So, I’m going to fill this post with what I did take and make the best of it. Gotta start somewhere, right?
My friend and I started our drive to New Orleans after I got out of work on Friday and didn’t end up getting there until around 9:30pm. This was my first trip to New Orleans, and instead of staying in a hotel I rented a converted school bus from Airbnb. Our hosts were super nice an invited us in for burritos, and the bus itself was a lot of fun (and certainly a unique experience). You can see a bit of the inside of the bus in my failure of a travel vlog at the end of this post.
After dropping our things off at the bus, we headed down to Frenchmen St. to grab a bite to eat. Seeing as we were both feeling under the weather, we decided to go to sleep early in the hopes that we would feel better in the morning.
The next morning we were both still feeling quite sick, but this was our only full day in the city so we wanted to make the most of it. We had a decent breakfast at the Magnolia Grill, which is conveniently situated right across the street from the French Market. The French Market is filled to the brim with vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to food (and alligator related objects of all kinds.) I did not get any pictures of it because I am a failure/was distracted by all of the things I wanted to buy. I’ll do better next time.
After a quick visit to Peaches Records, we took a bus tour of the city (~so touristy~, I know, but I like learning the history and riding around with an a/c when it’s hot. Sue me.)
That afternoon we took a little ride on the streetcars just for fun and then took a quick walk down Bourbon St. just so I can say I’ve seen it (and not have to deal with the inevitable “How could you go to New Orleans and not go to Bourbon St?!?!” questions.)
We had been keeping a close eye on the line at Café du Monde the entire day. The line there is insane almost 24/7, with every tourist in the city trying to get their hands on some beignets (which are basically pillow shaped funnel cakes [fried dough covered in powdered sugar.]) After our adventure down Bourbon St, we returned to the French Market area to find that there was (finally!) not a line and I was able to try beignets for the first time. They are absolutely amazing and I could have eaten 100 of them if I had the time.
That night we headed back to Frenchmen St. to see some more jazz shows and people watch. The next morning we had a great breakfast at Horn’s and then started our drive back home (with a little detour down to Port Arthur to see the music museum, which was a bit of a letdown unfortunately.)
I definitely did not get to explore as much of New Orleans as I would have liked, hopefully I’ll get to visit again soon. If you’ve been to New Orleans, what were some of your favorite/must see things?