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31 October 2013

New Orleans

Places to eat: Oceana, Mr B's Bistro and Desire. What to order: Gumbo, blackened Redfish, Jambalaya or Red beans and rice.

New Orleans was a real treat. Arriving late on Wednesday evening we headed straight down to Oceana's for a (fantastic, might I say) bowl of Gumbo and Jambalaya. Sleepy and jet lagged, we headed back to our hotel (Hotel Mazarin, which was close enough to Bourbon street for the buzz, but far enough away that you couldn't hear said buzz) and semi-passed out on the bed. The great thing about travelling to the east coast and southern areas of the states is that you wake up at 7 and have a full day ahead. After breakfast we made it our sole life mission to see all the French Quarter had to offer. We winded in and out of little streets, admiring the balconies and bright architecture and picking up a coffee from Cafe Envie (or a Chai Latte for me because coffee tastes like responsibility and taxes). We wandered back up Royal, still admiring the buildings because they were a beautiful mix of Southern France, Paris, Italy and New York. We stopped and listened to jazz bands on the corner of every street, popped into antique stores and wafted all through the quarter high on the smell of cinnamon (although it could have been paprika, who knows? New Orleans was a sea of mystery). We passed by dozens of Voodoo stores and applauded the vigor with which Halloween decorations were strung from every balcony, window and the occasional human. Lunch was served at Desire, I recommend the Jambalaya but I also recommend going simply for the bread they serve with the meal because it was hot, and gooey, and tasted like happiness. One thing that didn't surprise me, having a father from Kansas, was the kindness and genuine joy that the people shared with you. Every passing stranger said good-morning, asked you how you were or simply smiled. The local's soft southern drawl was comforting and inviting (and officially my new favorite American accent, sorry Boston you're out). Trawling the quarter all day, dinner time hit and we were pining for a feast; Mr B's Bistro was the answer to our hunger pains. More warm gooey bread, seafood and smiles finished off with a chocolate fondant. We'd briefly wandered Bourbon street the first night, and in a sleep deprived induced haze it had seemed magical, but returning the next night was perhaps my least favorite part of the trip. I can imagine for a hen do or someone a few years older it would be a blast. However being 17 and completely sober, the street performers, drunk tourists and the occasional stripper (in the street, I'm not kidding) were all a bit too much. Bourbon was definitely the only part of the city that wasn't 100% beautiful and elegant in it's own quaint way. Personally, Royal was the place to be for me. It had boundless charm and was central to everything, never mind it had the best musicians busking. The third day we wandered along the river side, back into the French Quarter and ended the day with dinner at Oceana again. The amazing thing about the quarter was that every time you walked down a street, it looked different; a new band had set up on the corner or a different shop had opened it's doors.
If I had two peices of advice to someone visiting a city for the first time it would be this; have a list of good restaurants because if you're anything like me, food is more important than air and secondly only visit for a few days. There is a charm about a weekend away, not quite seeing everything and being filled with an unquenchable thirst to go back. 
Until next time New Orleans, stay sweet.

24 comments:

  1. oh I think I have to go there, too....

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  2. so cute ! :-) and this place must be really strong and nice experience :-)
    x

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  3. These are such beautiful photos - I really want to visit xo

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  4. Looks like such a cool place to discover <3

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  5. I want to go, these photos are just so beautiful!
    Lucia's Loves
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  6. You and your never ending travelling! Such a lucky girl!
    New Orleans looks fabulous and, my favourite thing about your blog is that it's always a pleasure to read - not just look at. It makes you stand out from the rest!

    Carmen
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  7. Wow! perfect photos, love it! ♥

    Stray Alley

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  8. you look cute in this simple ensemble, beautiful photos too....
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  9. love your look!

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  10. Looks like you had a great time there! It looks like a beautiful place :)

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  11. It looks so pretty
    sasha
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  12. Looks like a lovely trip! I went to New Orleans almost five years ago and I've been itching to go back. xx

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  13. Beautiful pictures and a great outfit. The dress is lovely! :)
    Kisses
    Tabea

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  14. It's all looking so pretty, and your writing is amazing! I can totally imagine how everything has been and i just see myself wander around there because you described it all so well!

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  15. Such amazing photos! I haven't been to New Orleans since I was a kid so it's always fun to see pictures.

    Love the cut of your dress, can't go wrong with a little black dress.

    xx
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  16. Love your shoes !!!


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  17. love your sandals! :*

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  18. I loved the details! They're so beautiful and elegant =)

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  19. I love your blog and style!!

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  20. Looking amazing in that outfit! :)

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  21. gorgeous photos camilla X

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  22. great photos and trip x
    M

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