Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Emily does Nola

Hi Guys it’s Emily from Just the 2 of Us…and a Cat guest posting for Savanah while she is out enjoying her vacay.  I am also the girl behind the camera of Fleurish Imagery that is responsible for Savanah and Johns Christmas and engagement photos.

Since Savanah and John are stopping in one of the most amazeballs cities ever, New Orleans on their way to Gulf Shores I thought I would share some of my favorite things about the city. OK I may be a little biased about that city since half of my fam is from there, but whateve = )

First off if you have never been – GO, everything from the history, the culture and the FOOD is awesome.

 St. Louis Cathedral

My mom was born and raised there but after meeting my dad in college at USL they moved to Texas for his job, but we do get back there to visit, and the 6 hour drive is not bad for a weekend get away!


 If you are headed there and don’t know what to do I am about to lend a helping hand. I am lucky enough to not have to ever get a hotel when I am there since family lives so close to the city but if you are a first timer definitely stay in or near the French Quarter  - Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, the Ferry – most every tourist attraction is a short walk away.

A few of my recommendations:

Bourbon Street – try a hand grenade, more than 2 and you will be in rare form
Pat O’Brien’s – Get a hurricane here


Café du Monde – nothing better than people watching and having some yummy beignets and a café au lait – do this! Depending on the time and day you may even catch a second line coming through. It is typical there to celebrate weddings and usually done at funerals as a procession from the church to cemeteries. We did this as our exit at our wedding.


Crawfish – a staple in NOLA - depending on time of year, you need to experience a true crawfish boil. One of my favorite things is getting crawfish spreading it out on a table and having drinks with family and friends


There are also various tours you can do of the garden district, plantation homes, cemeteries/haunted tours, Mardi Gras Museums to see all the elaborate floats and how they are made every year, Riverboat and Swamp tours as well. 



Jazzfest & Mardi Gras are probably the most known festivities in NOLA, add them to your bucket list!

 While on the subject of Mardi Gras - King Cake, get one - just don't get the baby!

I do not eat oysters but if you do hit up ACME Oyster, it was on Man vs. Food and the guys in our family swear by this place.
The Flea Market – fun place to walk around pick up some NOLA souvenirs or just shop in general. There is also a great pizza place nearby called Louisiana Pizza Kitchen - DELISH
Shops on Canal – if you wanna shop
Audubon Aquarium/Zoo – I used to love going here as a kid, they have one of those inverted domes where it looks like you are in the water with the sharks, I always thought this was cool

More eateries: Mother's, Mulates, Court of 2 Sisters, Bourbon House, Mr. B's Bistro, Ernst Cafe, Casamento's, and Impastatos - to name a FEW.


 Drive thru daquiri and snocones are quite popular there too so if you see one nearby go for it!

Harrah's and the Four Seasons also go ALL OUT at Christmas with decor - it's fun just to walk around there and enjoy the mass of decorations.

I could go on and on about New Orleans so these are just a few of my recommendations - hope Savanah and John are having an amazing time on their vacation (I am living vicariously through you right now!) and I hope all of you visit NOLA soon!


 

4 comments:

Kerbi said...

I love New Orleans! I haven't been there in a couple of years, but I'm itching to go back for the food so bad!

A Shopaholic Runner said...

I've only been to New Orleans once, but you are right - Café du Monde beignets are a must (unless you have a serious fear of birds).

Christa said...

I LOVE New Orleans!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

those powdered things look amazing! :) I LOVE IT! I have always wanted to go down to the south! Someday!


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