If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go? I’m getting the itch to plan a trip. Not sure where yet, but I would love to go back to New Orleans someday.
I imagine Halloween in New Orleans is pretty amazing with all the ghost stories, mystery, voodoo, and colourful, colorful characters. New Orleans was amazing when I was there in March – so alive and loud, so much music and food, a little smelly down some streets, a little creepy, but so intriguing, and so unforgettable. Everywhere you go there is something interesting to see, particularly, at night, when you see things in a whole different way. As you’ll see, I took a lot of pictures of Royal Street in the French Quarter at night. I will go back someday.
All of the following pictures are storefronts on Royal Street…
I really enjoyed walking through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art…
Back of St. Louis Cathedral…it’s quite a sight in person.
or just create your own….
I still gush about New Orleans to anyone who asks (and some who don’t), but there is just so much to explore in the city. If you find yourself in New Orleans, and want a (quiet) break from the action in the French Quarter, check out at the sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, I enjoyed it more than the museum (but I’m generally not overly fond of museums). I would put it on a “must do” list of things to do in New Orleans.
We are in the midst of a spring heatwave here…so, after soaking up the sun, it’s nice to just hang out in the shade, too…
You Are the Sky. Everything Else Is Just the Weather
– Pema Chodron
I loved taking photos at night in the French Quarter – it’s just as pretty and colourful at night as it is during the day. The restaurant in the picture, the Italian Barrel, was one of my favourites of the trip, and I’d highly recommend it if you find yourself in New Orleans. A block or two down the street on Decatur is a really cool store that I can’t remember the name of (I’ve spent the last hour on Google and Google Maps trying to figure out exactly which store it was on Decatur)… it’s full of all sorts of weird, wonderful, bizarre, and beautiful treasures, oddities and works of art. I want to go back to New Orleans just to visit the store (discovered it on the last night of the trip) again!
New Orleans is such a great place because there is no shortage of things to do and see.
The Audubon Zoo was on the list mostly because I enjoy taking pictures of animals and I hoped to take some elephant pictures (I’ve daydreamed about going on safari for my next significant birthday – since the last significant one was celebrated by bear watching in the Great Bear Rainforest, but I’m not sure how serious I am about going to Africa). The elephant exhibit was being re-tooled, so they were out of public view, but I had fun taking pictures of these two beautiful, colourful macaws because the light was just so nice.