If you're in NOLA, chances are that you'll be here every other day ... noo make that everyday. Sometimes, we'd be here the whole day listening to street artists, watching horse drawn carriages, admiring all the lovely buildings, drinking all the boozes and just losing ourselves to this beautiful area.
You might have seen forwarded videos of those larger-than-life size wacky drinks in NOLA. Let me tell you, all of it is true. You'll find big ass beers, hand grenades, fish bowls ... you name it. Even the Mr. couldn't handle it. Make sure you visit Tropical Isle.
If you've been to NOLA and never had beignets everyday, did you ever go to NOLA? I do not know what it about these sugar coated pockets of goodness, but we made it to Cafe Du Monde at tea time religiously every evening!
New Orleans' French Market dates back to the 1700's. If you're looking for cheap souvenirs, fresh seafood, wacky food (think alligator jerky), spicy sauces and more, this is the place to be. We had delicious and cheap plate of oysters and spicy crawfish here.
If you know us well, you'll know how much we love visiting cemeteries. We hopped on one of the local trams and visited NOLA's popular cemetery. We didn't opt for a guided tour and we do not listen to guides anyway. It was nice to look around at the beautiful tombstones. The area around the cemetery itself has some pretty photogenic houses too.
When you're here, you'll probably wanna eat everything. In NOLA, there's no such this as one lunch or one dinner. We would have had a couple of lunches and dinners in a day! NOLA's food is unique with a combination of African and French influence. We had PO'boys, Etouffee, Jambalaya, Gumbo, craw-fish and a variety of delicious food while we were there.
Plantation's maybe beautiful, however, they do have a sad history. In the 1800's, there were home to hundreds of slaves who worked there. Now they've been converted into beautiful museums. We visited Oak Alley Plantation after seeing pictures of its tree tunnel all over the internet. No one really know how old these trees really are and some say they are about 300 years old. We pre-booked this tour with a travel agency next to our hotel.
Till date, New Orleans happens to be one of our favourite cities in the US!