As mentioned in an older post, my favorite vacation was in New Orleans in 2013. I originally wanted to attend Essence Fest, but it was WAY too much for my budget. After speaking with old coworkers, we decided to take a trip to the Big Easy the weekend after. Because of flight delays, I arrived later than expected, but it was a good flight straight through nonetheless.
As late as it was, my cousin still picked me up from the airport to drive to my hotel; The New Orleans Marriott on Canal St. I was given a King-sized bed in a room overlooking the pool. Not much of a “view”, but it was convenient to have both a kid and adult swimming pool at the hotel. An added plus was the hotel’s location being walking distance to the ever-popular Bourbon Street. If I wanted to have a good time, it was a walk or street car stop away. Close enough to the action, but far enough that the area was quiet and I could rest when needed.
According to my cousin, “carnival rules apply” so I got little to no sleep anyway. After getting up early to eat a “Big Easy Breakfast at Cafe Fleur-De-Lis, I walked around the city with my friends and took a double-decker hop on/off bus to do a city tour. Stops were in the French Market, Business District, Garden District and Mardi Gras World; a warehouse with a walking tour that gives details on how floats are made for the Mardi Gras Parade. Later that night, I had the BEST BBQ dinner at The Joint followed by entertainment at a venue called Tipitina’s to hear live New Orleans Jazz, R&B, and Blues with James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars, Brass-A-Holics.
I attended the NOLA Bull Run on Saturday morning. They recommend you register for the event, but it isn’t necessary. It is much like the Bull Run in Spain, but no bulls! Lol There are roller derby girls that wear bull horns and foam bats in the midst of the crowd and “knock” you down. Apparently, we missed the run, but the crowd was still live. We had a great time roaming the town and bar hopping with the music playing by the live bands. I joined my friends later that afternoon for lunch at Pierre Masperos Restaurant and a House and Garden tour outside of the town. Saturday evening, my friends and I did more walking (and bar hopping) in the French Market. With the vendors, crowd and music, it reminded me much like the West Village in New York City. Below is a video of one of the bands we saw playing in a bar:
My cousin and I went for one last food run to Elizabeth’s for Sunday Brunch. As short of a trip it was, I did (and ate) a lot. I hope to visit New Orleans again for another adventure as well as a swamp tour and brunch cruise on the Mississippi.
Have you been to New Orleans? What were the highlights of your trip?