New Orleans, Louisiana

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We had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans in February, 2015. I (Michael) was attending a conference so we decided to go a few days earlier to check out the city. We flew in the day before Fat Tuesday so, needless to say, we were able to experience Mardi Gras at its peak. It was nuts. People everywhere.

After Mardi Gras, the city slowly turned back into its natural form, cool antique shops everywhere, restaurants, people hanging out. It was really great and, contrary to what you’d expect from a big city, it felt very laid back and calm.

As we were staying in the French Quarter, we spent a lot of time in the area. During the days, the streets were filled with musicians, people walking around, etc. During the nights the atmosphere changed to more of a hangout/party feel.

We also explored a bit more of the city and checked out many wonderful restaurants, a mausoleum (common in the area as the city is below the water table), the swamp, etc. Though I had to work a bit, Sarah and our friend Mahina went to The Maple Leaf, DBA (saw Walter Wolfman Washington play), and Mimi’s in the Marigny.

All in all, it was a great trip. New Orleans is a must see for those who haven’t experienced it yet.

  • Jean Lafitte Nature Reserve is pretty rad; a good way to see the swamp.
  • Wonderful food. Some restaurants we went to were Bacchanal, Cochon, and Boucherie. See pictures. All were fantastic.
  • WWII museum is pretty cool, if you’re into war stuff.
  • The people in New Orleans are extremely nice and accommodating.
  • Very laid back culture. Folks aren’t ever in a hurry. Could be a good or bad thing, depending.
  • Street cars are a convenience but not very reliable. They were often full, late, or didn’t arrive at all.
  • Bourbon street, the main touristy street, is cool but Royal street (one street over) was more our speed. All kinds of cool antique stores, etc.
  • Hotels are pricey. Maybe go for VRBO or AirBnB instead.
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Posted: February 16, 2015

Author: Michael Lee

Category: North America

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