I have just gotten home from an epic adventure and I can barely contain myself; I feel the strongest urge to tell you all about it. I traveled to New Orleans for five days with my two friends Kristen and Candice. Below is a picture of Candice and I at LAX the day we left (Kristen is not pictured because she was in the restroom … is that unnecessary information? … Probably.)
While in New Orleans we stayed at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and we couldn’t have found a better hotel if we tried. The hotel was in the middle of the French Quarter; it was around the corner from Bourbon Street and a five minute walk to Jackson Square and Cafe Du Monde. The location of our hotel was pure perfection; we were able to go out during the day, come back to the hotel for a midday nap and go back out for the evening without wasting a lot of time.
We were in New Orleans for five days and planned all of the “touristy” things to be at the beginning of the adventure. The night we arrived, we had booked a walking Ghost Tour (we booked our Ghost Tour & Swamp Tour through Cajun Encounters) which was money well spent. The tour began around 8PM and it took us all around the French Quarter. Our guide was knowledgeable about the city and her quick wit matched with her funny comments made the humidity and the sweat between my boobs seem not so bad.
The next morning we booked the 9:30AM Swamp Tour. Two things:
- I recommend the earliest tour available because we saw SO many alligators. I was advised to book the earliest tour because later in the day the alligators get scared off by the many boats and don’t really come out.
- I would book the tour with the pick up option, it’s less stress that way.
The Swamp Tour was worth every penny.
Every single person I spoke with before my trip to New Orleans told me to go to Cafe Du Monde. They spoke of their beignets as if they were from another world and apparently nothing would compare. So on Thursday morning we got our happy asses to Cafe Du Monde, found a table right away (we got lucky) and ordered our Ice Coffees with Beignets.
So, believe the hype! Those beignets are pure happiness sprinkled with powdered sugar. I would recommend to go earlier in the day because the later that it got, the busier the place got. After the happiness explosion in our mouths we wandered around Jackson Square. We took in the incredible view (while I silently cried about the horse and carriages .. I don’t want to get into it) and bought ourselves some gnarly art.
If you are into art, Jackson Square is where you’ll find it. The street musicians and street artists may have been my favorite part about this city. Slowly strolling through all of the art is where the happiest part of me comes alive.
Later on in the day we decided to visit a cemetery; we ended up walking to St. Louis Cemetery #1. We hadn’t booked a tour ahead of time and when we arrived we discovered that a tour guide was required to enter the cemetery. We got lucky because there was a tour guide just finishing up with a group when we got there, so quickly booked with her and got inside. I wish I could remember our guides name, she was extremely knowledgeable and hilarious.
That’s the first part of our adventure, the second part will be coming on Wednesday. You still have; steamboat cruise, Titanic reenactments, many nap times, FOOD, matching tattoos, forever friendships, hand grenades and off beat dancing to look forward to. Remember to subscribe to the blog (all you need is your email address) so you can see when Part 2 is posted.