Say YES to NO-la

New Orleans, Louisiana is a picturesque city teeming with all sorts of crazy, drunk characters. We spent a long Memorial Weekend there enjoying the architecture, crawfish, people and music. From the Garden District to the streets of the French Quarter, our time in NOLA absolutely did not disappoint.

Although our trip was slightly more on the tame and relaxing side, I see this being a fantastic place for a girls weekend or guy’s trip. There were many a bachelorette and stag party drunkenly roaming the streets.

EATS

Crawfish this time of year is a must. I pity anyone who visits and does not partake in the delightful consumption of these mudbugs. I recommend ordering a couple pounds and sucking the brains. #worthitIMG_0364

 

Who has two thumbs and used to watch Emeril Lagasse with her grandparents? THIS GIRL. The celebrity chef’s flagship restaurant, located in the warehouse district makes for a perfect Saturday night dinner.

SLEEPS

Hotel Monteleone, full of history, hauntings and culture, is one of the last family owned-and-operated hotels in NOLA. Smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter, this places goes above and beyond to make a tourist’s stay comfortable and eventful.

I suggest taking advantage of the rooftop pool and bar.

The hotel’s Carousel Bar is also a must visit. While you drink, the bar rotates slowly, creating a trippy ‘I need another drink’ feeling. So go ahead, indulge, have another before venturing out onto nearby Bourbon Street. IMG_0333

SEES

For those of you interested in History, might I suggest stopping by the National WWII Museum? With a strong interest in history and specifically WWII, this stop was a no brainer for our party.

The museum is recognized as the national WWII museum due to New Orleans being the home of Higgins Industries. Higgins Industries is credited in the creation of the Higgins Boat, an amphibious boat crucial to the success of many operations during WWII, including D-Day in Normandy.IMG_0362IMG_0354

In the mood for a psychic reading? Feeling the need to get back at the girl who used to jump you in the lunch line? Check out Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo. They’ve got something for that. Trinkets, spell kits and voodoo dolls can all be purchased here. The museum is quite fascinating. Small, dingy and slightly eerie, the museum gives insight to history of voodoo, including a bio on the voodoo Queen herself. Along with a history lesson, they provide a wealth of knowledge on the current practice of voodoo, which I was surprised to find, is typically used for its positive and helpful powers. Needless to say, we purchased a doll of our own.

Below are more photos of the Garden District and French Quarter. Truly an exquisite city full of activities and a little something for every type of tourist.


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