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New Orleans 3/3

So it only took three months, but here is the final post on our trip to New Orleans (#cajunapril). As I’ve said before here and here, New Orleans is such a unique and untapped part of the world. In this post, I’ve combined the two strangest, but most intriguing parts of our trip: Mardi Gras World and Cemetery visit.

Mardi Gras world proved to be an incredible experience! For any traveler’s reading this here’s a good tip: they offer a shuttle service to pick you up and drop you off essentially anywhere in New Orleans AND try the King Cake they offer you on the tour. It’s amazing! Mardi Gras world is where all the floats and Mardi Gras magic happen. You watch an informational history video, have a slice of king cake, and then tour the factory where these magic floats are created. Mardi Gras world is a company and they also create super awesome stuff like the Chick-fil-a cows! This was a must see tour for any new time visitors.

Next up, the cemetery. Big A reminds me on a regular basis, that cemeteries were originally designed to be parks. To walk along and visit those that you once loved while spending time in solitude. Walking among these graves was an interesting experience. Seeing tombs in general was interesting, but seeing tombs from the 1800s was eerie. A happy and sad place all at once.

New Orleans was a great city. Now on to other adventures!

New Orleans 2/3

Oh what I wouldn’t give to be sitting down in New Orleans sipping on Cafe Au Laits and eating beignets with my favorite people. I know it’s been awhile since I said I would share my next post but here it is: full of sunshine, the Garden District, French 75’s, and Streetcar’s named Desire. You can see more of the French Quarter, here, but below you’ll find Mansions and little glimpse into our day on the St. Charles Streetcar, pictures of our Airbnb, and pictures from the night where we all matched at Arnaud’s (which I highly recommend!) Ooh-la-la!

In the South Land there’s a city
Way down on the river
Where the women are very pretty
And all the men deliver
They got music
It’s always playin’
Start in the day time, go all through the night
When you hear that music playin’
Hear what I’m saying, it make you feel alright
Grab somebody, come on down
Bring your paintbrush, we’re paintin’ the town
Honey, there’s some sweetness goin’ ’round
Catch it down in New Orleans
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Dr. John

New Orleans 1/3

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since we were storming around New Orleans! This month has been crazy but it was nice to prepare for it with my best of friends and all the good food. As with all my travel posts, this is the first of 3 posts about this beautiful, gritty, unique city. We went to the quarter, had muffaletta down by the river, rode the streetcars, listened to jazz, ate Jambalaya at Mother’s (well they did but I had the best sandwich of my LIFE)  ate all the beignets, drank the French 75, and still ended up sloshed on Bourbon Street with a grenade. This is only just a glimpse but there was something beautiful and different going on here. New Orleans is unlike any place I’ve ever been.