2 weeks ago, J and I rounded up our summer with a trip to New Orleans.
I loved New Orleans.
This city has major personality. It was charming and colorful and straight up fun. If it were a person, it would be the laid back, cool kid, that just wants to have a good time. That’s my kind of guy. There was live music everywhere, especially a lot of jazz. Live music is the way to my heart. And there is fun energy everywhere you go. Swoon ♥
We stayed at the Hilton Riverside downtown and there was a trolley right outside our hotel. Yes, a little red trolley with no windows. So fucking cute I can’t stand it.
And ALL of the food was beyond amazing. I think New Orleans might have the best food of any city I’ve been to, no joke. Everything was delicious.
(From left to right: Shelf of voodoo dolls. A shot of Bourbon Street. My favorite NOLA drink – hand grenades. A mini coffin of more voodoo dolls.)
Our first night, we hit up Bourbon Street and that place is crazy and packed. I can’t even imagine it during Mardi Gras, I think I would freak out from the crowd. But it was so much fun. It was all lit up with little shops and bars and strip clubs for blocks and blocks. It went something like this…
Bar. Bar. Shop. Bar. Strip Club. Strip Club. Bar. Strip Club. you get the idea : ) lol
One of the days we took a swamp tour. We rode on one of those air boats and were on the hunt for swamp things. Our tour guide wanted to show us a 13 foot gator but he didn’t feel like coming out. But we saw a lot of smaller ones and I now think alligators are cute (even though I ate fried alligator the day before…sorry guys!).
(The guide would throw out marshmallows to lure them toward us. They think they’re turtle eggs so they go after them to eat)
After the swamp tour, we hit up a market and had lunch before heading back to Bourbon Street. We stopped by the bar that Jon Taffer redid on his Bar Rescue show (let me know if any of you guys have ever seen that show. I love how worked up he gets haha!) and then we went to Tropical Isle to load up on some more hand grenades…ummmm delicious. And then we danced our asses off to this great band for the rest of the night.
(2 purchases from the trip. The skull came from the market in NOLA and the harmonica was from Memphis. I totally plan on learning how to play it and then will carry it around with me, you know, just in case)
The next day we drove all the way back home in one go. About a 10 hour drive.
On the way to New Orleans we stopped in Memphis for the night – Shout out to Beale Street!
But since we had a 10 hour drive ahead of us, we downloaded the audio book, The Girl with All the Gifts. You can download it for free with a 30 day trial membership. We both really liked it. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away, but you can check out the summary if you click on that link. And the voice that reads is really nice (which is so important, because if there is anything weird with the voice I can’t do it.)
All in all, great trip, and I can’t wait to go back!
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Have you guys been to New Orleans? How much did you love it?
And I haven’t forgotten about posting the rest of my Europe trip. I will be throwing those on here soon. I’m trying to find ways to keep those recaps short and sweet. Have a great weekend!