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Saturday, 18 March 2017

New Orleans

After the craziness of Mardi Gras...

...we still had some days left to explore New Orleans before heading home.

The day after the parade was so strange because it went from this ^^^ to this completely clean, empty space. You would never have guessed the parade had happened the night before from the look of all the streets, it was just so quiet and clean. We decided that we wanted to spend some time sightseeing the city itself and seeing what it was like outside of the Mardi Gras bubble.

We started out at St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

As you can see, the weather was overcast and muggy but it was still warm and pleasant to walk around in. I like a little bit of humidity because I'm not the biggest fan of dry heat, but I know that I'm a bit of weirdo with that and most people are the opposite! If you are a humidity-hater, then don't worry because there are so many fun bars and shops you can go into to cool down. There's actually an absinthe bar round the corner from this church which I thought was quite a funny place to put it!

We ended up walking through the town down to the French Quarter...which is the most colourful part of the city.

We wanted to see the voo-doo shops, eat gumbo and listen to jazz and this quarter ticked all the boxes. The whole place is over-the-top, colourful and fun. We walked about drinking, gossiping and doing a little dream househunting where we found this absolute beauty:

By this point we were a little tired from all the walking so caught a street car to save our feet from blisters. 

Before doing a little more sightseeing in the centre. New Orleans seems to just be bars, restaurants, cool shops or old buildings so there's a lot to do. 

After a rest we headed to the garden district because we were recommended it so much by the locals. It's pretty, safe and full of shops and restaurants so we spent the afternoon walking around and trying to get a feel for the place. We also looked around the cemetery which I know sounds a little odd but it was full of tourists and tours looking at more of the voo-doo history side so it was interesting to have a look round. We also tried to find two perfect houses next to each other that we could live in if we were from a parallel universe and set our hearts on these:

With sharing this one as a close second ^^

For a break we ended up sitting outside a bar, eating, drinking and relaxing in the district before heading back for a well deserved early night. We felt absolutely broken after Mardi Gras, a little like after you've been camping or at a festival - that same absolutely tired to the bone experience. That nights sleep was an incredible reset button and the next day we headed out into the city bight and early to experience the famous Cafe du Monde for coffee and beignets. The coffee wasn't great but the beignets were delicious and since it's one of the 'must do' things in NOLA I think it is worth it for the experience. The main queue was massive but there's a little take out queue on the right that's much less busy so I'd recommend doing the same.

I would recommend visiting New Orleans but I did find some parts difficult; The racial divide. I've never been anywhere where people are so separated and it was really hard to see. I really hope it changes over time.


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