On a spontaneous whim to just get away from everyone and leave everything behind for a weekend, the city of New Orleans popped into our heads. We desperately needed a break and an escape. No sooner had we thought of the idea, we had booked our plane tickets and were researching somewhere to stay.
A weekend getaway in the Big Easy was perfect. This city is easily a great choice for walking around when you have no destination, enjoying a cold one no matter the time with no one to judge, and eating until you feel like rolling back to the hotel to catch some rays on the rooftop pool. And a plus for us, it was family friendly! (Although you should still keep an eye out for those women who occasionally flash people…)
Putting aside the nightly rambunctious noise and events that leave the streets littered in trash come morning, New Orleans is a beautiful town full of color, history, and architecture. We left the cold of New England to fly south mainly for two reasons:
1. To enjoy lounging in the sun, relaxing with nowhere to be and no particular time to wake up or go to sleep.
2. To take photographs.
In the historic French Quarter of NOLA, we discovered so much more than a city that is known to drink and party. We discovered a city with a huge soul and a huge culture. Everyone knows about the must-try powdered sugar covered French beignets and the famous Bourbon Street. However, I would highly recommend exploring their above-ground cemetery and diving into their ancient voodoo history, regardless of whether you’re a believer or not. We took a tour around St. Louis Cemetery #1 where we saw the final resting place of New Orleans’ “voodoo queen” Marie Laveau, and where the famous actor Nicolas Cage will be buried when he passes.
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!