Thursday, September 16, 2010

the big easy (new orleans, la)

Good morning, mes chéres. Welcome to an absolutely beautiful city beaming with a flavorful energy. The blend of cultures is so wonderfully apparent in it's architecture, it's food, it's people. And yet, at times I felt alone. For the first time on this road trip of mine, I would've preferred to explore this city with a companion or two. But I suppose places like New Orleans are made for that. Meet ya'll on Bourbon Street? ;). Behold, the many faces of NOLA:
 [the French Quarter]
 [the Riverfront]
 [the historic French Market turned tourist trap]
[Unique architecture on the musical Frenchmen St]
 [Remembering the Spaniards amongst the Cajun and Creole influences]
 [Catfish Po'Boys with local Abita Beer in the park ]
 [the Garden district]
[Go Saints! ("Who dat?" is 'round every corner)]
 [the Ninth Ward, five years later]
 [the Royal Street Deli (again in the French Quarter) for a healthy meal]
[Beignets at the famous Café du Monde]

[the streetcar & mansions in Uptown]

 [the Mardi Gras Tree at Tulane University]
That's not to say I didn't have an amazing experience though, and I suppose I wasn't entirely solo either. My friend's older sister, Emily (pictured on the left), was gracious enough to keep me company when I arrived on Sunday evening. At first we took a walking tour with frozen lemonade & rums in hand, then we sought out the best po'boys for an economical tasting of the true cuisine. Late on Monday afternoon, I met up with an old childhood friend who is now a sophomore at Tulane, and afterwards joined Emily again (plus more friends) for a low-key trivia night. And all the while I stayed in the lake house of family friends. 'Twas ridiculously fun and I cannot wait to go back for more. See ya in Texas!


  1. Looks. Beautiful. I totally should have packed up and came along :) I'm about to email you.. and by the way, my boss is now officially following you because he is really intrigued :)

  2. Ooh I feel the travel bug biting me. It all looks so pretty!

  3. I've only been to NO once on a school trip--and we had to go home after only one day thanks to an incoming hurricane! This post makes me want to go back for a "real" visit.

  4. wow, i am so jealous of this visit. i have passed by it 4 times in one year and still never made it. i think i'm truly missing out. Guess I'll have to make my way across the country again hrm???

    stay safe beautiy!!!

  5. Wow Danielle I'm so proud and impressed by your seeking spirit and love of adventure! I knew we were related for a reason ;-) This is a really great Blog you got going...I'm not sure how I came upon it...I'm pregnant I forget these things but you truly made me want to be on your road trip belly and all! Be safe and hope to see you soon!


  6. ahh, jealousy! i think we’ve discussed my incredible need to go to nola. it looks every bit as wonderful as i imagine. i knew you’d have no problem soaking it all in on your own!

  7. Absolutely beautiful! I have always wanted to visit New Orleans. Your photos, as usual, are just gorgeous.

    I was so excited to read your comment about visiting San Fran. YES, I would love to meet up! :)

  8. Love the vlog in your last post. Sounds like you are having a fantastic time. :)

  9. Rachel: You should've! Haha, the more the merrier.

    Sagan: Meet me next city? :)

    BroccoliHut: I definitely think it would be worth it!

    TryingtoHeal: Maybe, dear. I'll meet ya there!

    Shaena: xoxo

    leslie: Thank you, darling.

    Lara (Thinspired): Thanks so much. Wonderful, I will be emailing you soon!

    Little Bookworm: Thank you! I really am.


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