New Orleans ranks up there as one of the cities I love to visit the most and will more than likely return to time and time again. This time around I was lucky enough to spend time there with a couple of my college roommates for a few days. It was about that time in my travels that I was in need of some familiar faces, hugs and laughter and boy was I glad they could make it work.
When I arrived in NOLA the original AirBnB I had booked was not what it seemed in the pictures, nor did it have that NOLA vibe I was looking for so I decided to ditch it and get a different one. I was lucky enough to find one that landed us smack dab on the outskirts of the Garden District and right next to Buckner Mansion, which was used as a set to film scenes for American Horror Story: Coven. It is a very nice place and was perfect! The minute I pulled up to the curb I knew my decision to switch was a good one.
I knew we weren’t staying in the main house, but when I walked through the side courtyard and it opened up to show a pool, hot tub, quintessential side porch and entrance to the main house and then the carriage house, I felt at ease and at home. I could have stayed there for a while.
So the accident curbed our plans a bit to go on the food walking tour we had talked about. So we decided to chill, get lunch to go, head back to the place and regroup and decide what to do from there.
Our first stop was Bao and Noodle which was recommended by a friend. We had great Chinese food and all experienced crawfish for the first time. And we all agreed, too much work for such little reward. LOLWWII Museum which was amazing! It was really well done with so much to see and I would recommend it to everyone who visits New Orleans. We headed back out towards the French Quarter and enjoyed some beignets at Café du Monde of course! And that night we headed out to Pat O’Brien’s for some dueling piano and hurricane goodness. I sadly do not remember where we went for dinner. What I do remember is a lot of laughing though. The Red Dog Diner, that again, I would recommend to anyone. It was soooo good. Lafayette Cemetery. A tour was on our list but we didn’t get around to it this time. French Quarter Fest was in full swing. The food walking tour was great. We walked throughout the French Quarter sampling different dishes from red beans and rice to jambalaya and po boys. After the tour we walked around Jackson Square and checked out the vendors, artists and music who was there for the fest. That I introduced my friends to the Hotel Monteleone and the famous carousel bar and lounge. We drank many drinks and snacked on many snacks. This was where I was introduced to the French Martini, so I of course made sure we had some. We made some friends while circling the room, finished up as people were eyeing us for our seats at the bar and then made our way to Bourbon Street. Laura Plantation. It didn’t have the big fancy front porch with the columns like what we envisioned, and without doing a tour of one of those plantations, I believe I enjoyed this one more. Below are some photos from that day.