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.
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!
…or one might give you the finger!
I laughed when I saw this after uploading all my pics from the trip – I had no idea he was giving me the finger when I took it. I was just walking out of a restaurant, saw him, and quickly snapped the pic. He’s likely very aware when people are taking his picture (and I feel kinda bad I didn’t tip him!).
There were several people throughout the French Quarter and on Frenchmen Street offering this…(I regret not picking a subject and getting a poem!). Next time.
Two things about walking in the French Quarter – drivers in New Orleans are crazy and so are cyclists. Pedestrians don’t have the right of way when crossing at an intersection and if you’re crossing a one way street make sure to look the other way so you don’t get hit by a cyclist (who is often carrying an instrument on their back). Once you understand those two things, you will have a great time exploring the French Quarter. If you arrive in New Orleans with a car and plan to visit the French Quarter and the Marigny (particularly, Frenchmen Street) you won’t need it, just park it and walk everywhere. One of my favourite parts of the trip was just walking and admiring the different types of buildings…
Spring is here!
Now that I’m home from New Orleans and have some new photos to share, I’ll be back to posting more regularly. For the foreseeable future, it will likely be very heavy on New Orleans pics.
We arrived on a Tuesday evening, after the sun had set, checked in to the apartment I found on Airbnb, and then set out to find some food and music. It ended up being only a five minute walk to Frenchmen Street (where all the clubs are that feature local musicians), and despite some of the travel tips I read beforehand, it was perfectly safe to walk there. During 12 days of walking around the French Quarter and the Marigny (where Frenchmen Street is) we never ran into any issues. Just like anywhere, be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts, and you’ll be fine. In fact, the only place that felt remotely dangerous was Bourbon Street! Just too much craziness there, it became a thoroughfare to get to places in other areas in the French Quarter, not a destination (of course, I did take a few pics, though).
Woke to a bright, sunshiny morning for the first morning of the trip…the apartment I found on Airbnb was one side of the ground floor of an 1830s mansion.
Got to know the pets of the property quite well after 12 days…
Of course, a first day in New Orleans has to include a trip to Cafe du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait…with walking everywhere and the right amount of insulin, beignets ended up not being bad for my blood sugar! yay! (I just couldn’t eat all three!)
New Orleans is a fascinating place… It made me happy (just being surrounded by beautiful and historic buildings, music everywhere, lots of different kinds of art, and colourful characters). It made me both sad and mad (there are a lot of homeless people and many who are in their young 20s). It grossed me out (every once in awhile there are odd smells in the French Quarter). It made me full (the food was delicious, thank goodness for all the walking). It intrigued me (ghost stories of the French Quarter and some of the dark/twisted art I saw). It’s a place that is alive, vibrant, colourful, and really, the most interesting place I’ve ever been. I would visit again in a heartbeat.