New Orleans Bound + Weekend Fun

We ended up in New Orleans! Yeah!! We had some scattered storms throughout the time we visited so there was an overcast in a lot of my photos. Let's be honest, I am not a professional yet either. 🙋 Overall, the weather was not as hot as I expected it to be. Humid, yes. Nothing extreme. People didn't seem too bothered by the rain. Carry on, NOLA! During our anniversary trip, my husband and I got to participate in a LOT of walking. We got to see so much beautiful scenery. It was like this place was stuck in time in the best way.

We strolled downtown into the French Quarter. It amazes me how many shops and art studios can fit into these buildings. Some of the them had passage-ways that led down into other hallways, buildings, streets you wouldn't see at first glance. 

There were a lot of buildings that stood out from the crowd. This one specifically caught my eye because it really made me feel like I was experiencing the French Quarter back in time. It was rustic and elegant! The baskets of flowers were a nice touch too.

Magnolia Sugar & Spice Praline Kitchen & Hot Sauce Bar

This adorable shop makes a Crawfish Jelly! My husband went straight to it when he saw it. He grabbed a sample pretzel and asked me to take the first bite. I love trying new foods but it did not make sense in my mind how it would taste. I tried it anyway and it was SO GOOD. It was sweet with a kick of spice AND it kind of tasted like the sauce of crawfish?? It is definitely worth another visit. 

French Qaurter LUSH Shop (lush bomb was just dropped in water)

The fragrance from this shop will wisk you away from the crowds and into their door. As soon as I walked in, I remember closing my eyes and taking a deep breath. There was so much creativity happening. The attendants were extremely energetic also! Bright colors and happy faces everywhere!

Cafe Du Monde's Beignets

As you can see, there were two orders. I did not plan on sharing. My shirt was covered in powdered sugar in PUBLIC and I could not have cared less. My first bite of a beignet ever was delicious. I know that they sell the mix so you can make them at home but it isn't the same. Long story short, I managed to scarf down two of them and my sweet ol' husband took care of the rest. If our trip had been longer...just sayin'. 

After walking along the French Quarter for a little while, we decided to try out the Gumbo Shop. I tried the Seafood Okra gumbo because I am a HUGE fan of seafood. I thorougly enjoyed it. My husband tried the Chicken Andouille gumbo. We both decided the Seafood Okra was definitely the winner. See their full menu here.

Scene by Rhys was one of the many art galleries we went by. The artwork is gorgeous! She creates art during live music! How neat!! If you are ever in NOLA, check her out!

The streetcar pictured above is unique because there is a conductor on both ends. We were actually watching this one reverse (from our view) a couple of blocks away. We didn't get to ride this trip but it is definitely on the list of things to do next time. Hopefully we will be able to stay longer!

We visited the Garden district as kind of a rest stop. The houses are breathtakingly beautiful. The sun was covered by the clouds but people were out and about pushing strollers and running with their pups. The trees were my favorite. Most of them are really old so they kind of grew toward each other over the streets giving everything a nice cool shade. 

A few more places (not shown):
International House New Orleans - We reserved a KING room! (website)
Mr. B's Bistro (website)
The Historic New Orleans Collection (website)

Overall, our weekend trip went really well! Since New Orleans is only four hours away, we plan to go again. My to-do list is ever growing of things to do while in NOLA. I had some recommendations that we already tried, but I could use more! The ones we did visit did not disappoint! Have you ever been to New Orleans? Are you from there? Message me or comment below! Thanks for stopping by!

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