Take Me Back. Back to New Orleans.

Travel Date: Nov 2015

Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation

 New Orleans, the city with its old buildings, horse drawn carriages and cast iron balconies that resemble less of the American city and more of an old European city, sits in the Southern region of the US famous for its cultural mix of food, architecture, voodoo and jazz.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I took a few days to visit the beautiful city – a city that’s been high on my list to explore. Four short days, but packed with activities and memories. The city is absolutely fantastic with its rich history, honeyed air, indulgent food. I found myself moving to the languorous rhythm of the city’s heartbeat.

CA –> Nola

Rain Rain Rain

The moment we landed, it was raining. The moist air had a hint of sweet pea, but mostly fuel smells from the congested city life.

For lodging, we booked ahead with Airbnb and rented a place in the neighborhood near the French Quarters. The goal was to live like a local. Be a local.

With our umbrellas up and walking quickly through the bustling foot traffic, it was a rather short walk to Deanie’s Seafood for dinner. We had the sumptuous crawfish étouffée, bbq-ed shrimp and the famous fried seafood platter. It was rich, and flavorful, full of love in its own multicultural melting pot sort of way. The cajun/creole spices speaks volumes to how this down to earth city became to be and the hardships its endured.

 

Deanie's Seafood
Deanie’s Seafood

You can’t visit New Orleans without going on a swamp boat tour.

Cajun Pride Tours
Cajun Pride Tours

Some of the beautiful scenery in the swamp! So green and lush.

Cajun Pride Tours
Cajun Pride Tours

Gloomy. Quiet. Peaceful.

Cajun Pride Tours
Cajun Pride Tours

Of course I had to try beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe Du Monde. I think I still might prefer my San Francisco coffee over this but it was still pretty good.

Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Du Monde

Lots of beautiful restaurants in Nola are made from beautiful oak.

Taking a stroll and walked into this cutesy girly gift shop. Lots of jewels to be had 🙂

We were driving to one of the plantations and the rainfall the night before caused the soil to be loose and muddy. Little did we know, we made a turn into a non-paved road and our car got STUCK. IN THE MUD. It was a dramatic experience but we pushed through. Two of us got out of the car to push the car while the third person stepped on the gas.

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

Looks seemingly innocent but mud and mosquitos everywhere!!!

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

My shoes in the aftermath

After that experience, we cleaned up. The shoes didn’t make it though.

Look at this gorgeous home! Beautiful American style structure, complete with colonial porches and stairways.

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

Beautiful. Nothing else like this.

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

2nd story porches. Best to dive into a long novel and sip on coffee.

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

Gorgeous chandeliers. I have thing for chandeliers.

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

Pano view of the establishment. Land for MILES.

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

By sunset, the string lights turn on. Looks so beautiful and festive… I was in awe the whole time. Felt like i was wrapped back to the early 1900s. Everything here looked utterly perfect.

Nottoway Plantation
Nottoway Plantation

One of the beautiful cathedrals in Nola – this was across from Jackson Square.

Jackson Square Cathedral
Jackson Square Cathedral

Above ground cemeteries scattered all over the city. Because Nola is a swampland, many of the graves are built this way so the water that fills up the city doesn’t wash up the coffins! You never get used to seeing this but it was amazing. Some of these graves are so beautiful, like houses. A ton of mausoleums scattered about. It’s also creepy too, but you know.

Apparently these private cemeteries were for the most wealthy, with the real estate being limited as it is. The public cemetery (not pictured) is a lot more packed, and not as nicely upkept as this.

Above Ground Cemeteries

the French Quarters.

The French Quarters
The French Quarters

New Orleans was an incredible experience. I can see myself living there because of the incredible food culture, the nice Southern people and the realness of the city. Generations of French Creoles and Cajuns live here. They have shaped the city to what it is today. So much of the food is so unique and unlike any in all of America.

It has its charms and old world feel – like a cross between old and new. People here believe in tradition, voodoo, magic, and the beautiful chaos that is only in New Orleans.