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Travel Diary: New Orleans

I had a little technical error with my post on my trip to Nola so here it is again.

Back in September, I went to New Orleans and stayed 10 mins outside of the French Quarter

I stayed at an Airbnb for the duration of my trip. I was in NOLA for 4 days and my Airbnb (click the link for the rental info) only cost me $300. It was a 2 bedroom apartment that had up to date amenities. The Airbnb was located about 10 mins from the French Quarter so my ubers cost about $8.

I’m not from New Orleans and didn’t know anyone from there so I didn’t exactly know the area that my Airbnb was located in. The neighborhood was ehh, but the interior was superb. Everything was pretty much up to date and there was AC so I was satisfied. It was scorching hot for the duration so I was thankful.

The weather in New Orleans is typically very hot and humid. The weather was pretty and clear for most of my trip, but on the last day of my trip it rained nonstop.

The French Quarter is basically the bustling downtown area of New Orleans. It’s oversaturated with tourists and everything is overpriced, but there’s a lot of unique souvenirs & etc. During the day, you’ll see painters and at night there’s psychics who occupy the area. It’s interesting to say the least.

Some of the popular food spots to go to are Cafe Du Monde, French Marketplace, Tropical Isle, and Fire Food & Spirits.

Cafe Du Monde is the place to go for beignets because it’s their specialty so that’s pretty much all they serve.

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Fire Food & Spirits is a cool restaurant and bar located about 15 minutes outside of New Orleans. The service wasn’t that great, but the food was good. I went there and got a seafood platter that had catfish, crawfish, and shrimp with pasta.

The French Marketplace is where you can go to get lunch, dinner and do a little flea market shopping. I stopped there for lunch and got a catfish Po’boy. It wasn’t horrible, but I wasn’t impressed.

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There are two Tropical Isle bars located on Bourbon Street that sell the hand grenade drinks. I decided to try another bar called Willies Chicken Shack that has these really tall margarita drinks.

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Down by Canal St there is Riverwalk Outlet, which is basically a mall so if you ever need a last minute outfit or something stop there. Behind the outlet there is a ferry that costs $2 one way and will take you to Algiers Point which is considered to the “Brooklyn” of Nola. The trolley is also cheap and costs $1.25.

 

Canal Street gives you like an LA/Miami feel with the palm trees and streets but it’s definitely one of a kind with there being a trolley going up and down the street every 5 mins which unlike the two.

Bourbon Street is not for the weak hearted. It’s definitely an acquired taste. There’s tons of people… Very drunk people. Ladies don’t wear heels. Always pay attention to what’s going on around you as well. I had numerous strangers walk up to me and get really close to me (my purse). However it’s still cool to just be out and enjoy a night out. I was able to see a wedding second line parade which was really dope.

 

While I was there I went to two museums. I went to the Historic Voodoo Museum, which was quaint and small, but very intriguing and creepy. There was a lot of Creole history in the museum. People placed pictures and money offerings on the relics. There was a “wish stump” where people wrote their wishes down, followed the instructions and placed the paper on the stump with a money offering. Definitely a must see if you’re ever in New Orleans and admission is $5.

The second museum I went to was the Museum of Death. I wasn’t allowed to take any pics, but the museum basically had pictures of crime scenes such as, the Nicole Simpson crime scene, notes/letters from the kids who were apart of the waco cult and there was stuff there related to morticians tools/supplies. If you’re squeamish or faint don’t go. It’s not that much gore, but I’m sure it can be too much for some.

New Orleans is a Southern city so despite it being a seemingly colorful and exciting melting pot of people there are still racial tensions and looks of disdain. It’s best to do most of the activities and sightseeing in a group. If you go somewhere and don’t feel comfortable just leave. Safety first ☝🏾

Always make sure your phone is charged. The French Quarter is winding and confusing at first but you still want to make sure you know where you are at all times.

Overall my trip was really fun. I had fun meeting new people, trying new dishes and exploring the city. I’ll definitely be back soon

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