Thursday, April 3, 2014

road trip recap: New Orleans (Louisiana)

After my tour of Graceland I jumped back in the van and drove straight to New Orleans. I arrived after dark and parked the van on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter. The night life was pretty exciting what with the almost tangible energy about the place and the loads of free live music. I walked up and down the streets and stopped to listen to some of the bands before heading back to sleep in the van (so much better than a hotel, guys, it was awesome). Actually seeing the French Quarter the next morning in the daylight was a pretty wonderful experience. The buildings are absolutely gorgeous! I was smitten, for sure. And visiting a mere day or two after Mardi Gras, I got to see everything still decked out with festival decorations. It was also great to sample some of the local seafood! I tried crawfish, oysters, and catfish for the first time. I loved the catfish, and the fried oysters I had here were way better (in my opinion) than the raw ones I tried later on in Florida. I really think that tasting the local food is a huge part of the traveling experience, and even though I don't include meat or seafood in my daily diet, I did want to at least give it a try on my trip. I'm glad I did! I managed to get out of the FQ to investigate some of the famous cemeteries in the area, but the cemeteries definitely deserve their own post, so stay tuned for those! I only got to spend a couple days here and I was definitely wanting to stay and explore, so I will definitely be planning another visit to beautiful New Orleans in the future.
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Abigail ~ said...

oh my gosh. looks like so much fun.
i've always wanted to go to New Orleans! the live music and food sounds incredible. those are some of the best parts of a road trip. food and music!
thanks for the pictures, now you've got me wanting to go there right. now.

~Abigail
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Putri Valentina said...

Love the picture of the man who playing the sexophone :D

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Paola Lauretano said...

Amazing pics, great place!!!
Kisses darling!!!

Kerry June said...

ooh i want to go to new orleans SO bad. i loved reading about your time there!

Ryli Ma said...

Your photos are beautiful!

Ryli :)
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Sam said...

Hi Indy, you have captured the great essence of New Orleans with your amazing photos, id really like to know more about the history of this place, seems interesting. I agree, food is part of the journey. I appreciate your comment hun...Have a great Friday!

Nina said...

We used to live in Pensacola, FL (which you visited!) so I'm loving this walk down memory lane. We also took a family RV trip similar to yours from MO down to Pensacola and back, stopping in: Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Savannah, GA; Pensacola, Fl, and then back up to Charleston, SC and home. Your pictures are making me hanker for another one of those.

New Orleans has a great RV park with gas lamps, a little pool, barbecue grill, workout room, and everything. And they drive you in a golf cart back and forth to the quarter. (It's only a few blocks, but it's in a bit of a sketchy area at night.)
Thanks for all the great pics!

Jeanne said...

Amazing pictures! Your posts really make me travel! ;)
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Marieken Hoefnagel said...

I love your photo's! I especially like the pink building with all the flowers hanging from the balconies and that black cat. Oh, and those green shutters and the horses with the fabulous building in the background. Hard to pick one, I like them all!
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Mihaela Pojogu said...

Travel, relax, eating is what I like too.
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Couture Carrie said...

Amazing pics, darling!
Love New Orleans!

xoxox,
CC

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Great photos! Sounds like you had a fun time exploring and eating good food!

Rowena @ rolala loves

The Style Rawr said...

I would love to visit some day, the buildings look so beautiful! It sounds like such a cool city, I definitely want to go during Mardi Gras!

Tara x

Maxime Loncke said...

oh I would so love to go on a road trip right now! that witchery sign is rad.

Miche said...

Haha, this looks so fun! Love the 'for rent, haunted' sign!
Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

Johanna said...

I am dying to go there! Such a colorful city!

Visa said...

beautiful photos, you captured the city amazingly.
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Kristine said...

I would love to visit New Orleans one day. It looks beautiful in your photos.

Marlen said...

I'm going to new orleans end of May so this was SO exciting to see!! I love your pictures- it all looks so charming and slightly voodoo. My favorite one is the shot with the horse :) That doesn't even feel like America, haha

xo marlen
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Belinda Buttercup said...

I love your Van! My parents have a very similar one. Also love your pictures from New Orleans! I've never been there, but dreamt of going for so long now!
xx Belinda

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