New Orleans was everything I had envisioned, jazz music on every corner, the sensational food and the beautiful architecture. Our first night we decided to just walk around the vibrant french quarter and get our bearings. We loved looking at all the historic architecture, plant filled balconies, and tiny charming alleys. Music played at every corner and you couldn’t help but smile. We ate alligator, poboys and the classic, beans and rice and drank fruity southern cocktails.
Day two was filled with adventures. We started the day off by going to the bayou and walking the trails that gave you the nostalgic feels of the African safari. Alligators popped up every once in awhile, birds chirped and critters crossed our paths. Next we headed to cross the 28 mile bridge to Mandeville. I’ll be honest, it was slightly terrifying, you don’t see land until you’re about 20 miles in; you’re just surrounded by water and very fast drivers. We finally came to the end of the bridge to only be serenaded by the most charming little town. We parked the car and walked the shore, holding hands and just fully in love with everything surrounding us. We stopped to eat at a little local tiki restaurant that had the most delicious tacos and sandwiches. Next, we went back to our hotel to relax a bit before heading to Nathaniel Rateliff’s concert at The Sugar Mill. Highly suggest going to a concert here, it’s the perfect southern outdoor gathering filled with food trucks, music and dancing. Half the shed is covered and the other half has lights twinkling up above. It was probably the highlight of our trip, so dreamy and so fun watching such a great performer.
The third day we headed to the jazz festival that brings in thousands of people every year to listen to some of the greatest musicians. My favorite part? The food! There are so many food vendors that offer anything from crab sandwiches to fried chicken and some jambalaya. We danced to some jazz, watched Maroon 5 perform and ate probably more then we should have.
Our last day it poured and poured rain. It was one of the rainfalls that you don’t see a foot in front of you. Of course though I braved it to get my last batch of beignets. We spent the day driving around and exploring. When the rain stopped we went to a random park that looked cute, and it ended up being probably the best parks we have ever been to. It was a bird park! Ducks, geese, beavers crossed our paths, swans floated on by and we just couldn’t stop smiling, it was the perfect way to end the trip!
If you’re looking for a fun getaway I highly recommend New Orleans but make sure to have your walking shoes on and an empty stomach because you’ll want to eat everything! We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back.