I love to travel! It is one of the strongest passions in my life to see as much as I can of what this big beautiful world has to offer. Like many people, I do not have tons of free time or tons of money, but somehow I manage to make time for a little getaway adventure every so often. As I scroll through all the travel booking sights checking flight prices for some of the destinations on my must-see list , my mind keeps wandering to New Orleans . So much so that I am even using Google Maps to “walk” around the Quarter to see what’s going on. I know it’s weird , but it beats actually focusing on what ever is going on in the office (who actually “works” on a Friday afternoon anyway? ).
I was first interested in visiting New Orleans after reading a series of fiction books in middle school that took place in “the mysterious bayous” and “dazzling city” of New Orleans. The books described it in such awesome detail I thought, “I have to get there someday or else!!” Or else what? I’ll never know…. But I am blessed that I got the chance to visit this amazing city more than once . There is just something so truly mysterious and fun about it that keeps calling me back!
Here are my top five favorite things about New Orleans:
1. THE FOOD !!
If you are on any sort of special diet plan , you are going to want to scrap it the second you step out on the town and smell the delicious aromas emanating from any restaurant in New Orleans. It’s in this city that the recipes of Creole , Cajun , and French cuisine dance together to create a uniquely New Orleans flavor that will hook anyone’s palate.
2. The People and the History
There must be something in the air there because the people of New Orleans are some of the most fun, easy-going people I have ever met ! I guess they don’t call it “the Big Easy ” for nothing? They have such pride and passion for their city and traditions, and it shows!
Being French, then being Spanish, then French again, then American . Plus War, Jazz and Storyville, Pirates, Voodoo Priestesses, and the dark and tragic decades of slavery. If walls could talk, imagine the stories that could be told . Well, walls don’t need to talk much in New Orleans. You can really feel the pulse and energy of the city’s history just by walking down the streets.
3. The Music
You can hear some of the most talented musicians for free by just walking through the French Quarter. There’s pretty much music on every corner. If you want more of a venue experience then head over to Frenchman Street . There’s tons of great live music venues , as well as places to eat and drink.
4. Mardi Gras
Ahh yes, Fat Tuesday. I’m not into the crazy drunken “boobs for beads” party scene that takes place on Bourbon street. Contrary to popular belief Mardi Gras is a family friendly tradition . Just venture to parts other than Bourbon Street to see how much fun the Mardi Gras Season (Yes, season. Not just a day) can be. I even got to see a doggie parade!!
5. The Bayou
Another world entirely. Teeming with life ! This actually deserves its own post but I’ve only been there once while in New Orleans. I plan to visit again and then the Bayou will get the post it deserves . But if you only have one chance to go to New Orleans , don’t forget to book a bayou boat tour!
I could honestly go on and on about different things to do and see while in New Orleans, but my first blog post is way longer than I wanted it to be. Ya’ll were right : when you write about something you’re passionate about, the words just flow out !
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