New Orleans can be as crazy as you want it to be. Obviously if you go for Mardi Gras, New Years, or some other major party holiday, it'll be insane. But if you go on a random weekend, it's just like any other tourist city.
One weekend in November, we back our bags, hopped on a plane, and spent a delicious time in New Orleans...with the tot! Crazy? Nope! She LOVED New Orleans.
When I say we spent a delicious time in New Orleans, I mean it. WOW the food! (I really need to be better about photographing my food). I had some of the best meals of my life in New Orleans. We ate at Meril, Pythian Market, Curio, and Commander's Palace. All of it. I repeat, ALL OF IT was amazing. You can't go wrong. Of course the kiddo and hubby partook in some beignets from Cafe Du Monde (I got a coffee... hashtag stupid gluten allergy).
We had two actives planned for our weekend: a basketball game and the National WW2 Museum other than that, we just walked around and explored this amazing city. I don't want to gloss over the WW2 museum. I've been to dozens in my travels, and this one is one of the best. The Higgins boats used during WW2 were designed, built, and tested in New Orleans - which is why the Nation WW2 Museum is in New Orleans. Honestly, the museum itself is worth the trip. History is something we cannot forget. We must constantly remind ourselves - not only what happened, but HOW it happened. It's the only way we can keep it from happening again.
The architecture in New Orleans is unlike anything I've seen. I know it's called the Europe of the United States (or something like that). I kind of see what people mean when they say that. But it's not really like Europe at all. It' unlike anything I've seen. It definitely has French and Spanish influence, but it's so uniquely New Orleans. I found myself obsessing over the buildings. Especially the balconies and hanging plants.
I'm grateful we visited. And even more grateful we extended the original trip to spend more time in the city after watching and episode of Anthony Bourdain. Such a unique city. I think we'll definitely be back this year.
Cameras: Holga and Olympus OM1
Film: Ilford HP5