I went to New Orleans a couple of weekends ago and it was such a great first experience. I've traveled to several other places, but this was actually the first time I ever went to the airport and flew on my own. For a first-timer, I think that everything went well as far as traveling and navigating through places.
As far as our choice of what place to go, we decided on exploring New Orleans and it was amazing! You endure so much history and culture once you step into the city. I'll elaborate more as I continue to write, but if you're wondering where we stayed, my cousin booked us at the Omni Royals Hotel, which was located within the French Square. To be more precise, it was right in the middle of the city. Once you walk outside the hotel, everything is within walking distance. I highly recommend this hotel not only for it's class, but surely for it's convenience.
Entering the French Square
I was the first one to arrive to New Orleans and decided to call an Uber to get to the hotel. As I enter the city, I noticed that a lot of the buildings and houses were damaged and abandoned, most of which was the end product of the horrific natural disaster Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago. The disaster left lots of people homeless, which some of them I saw reside in the heart of Jackson Square. In other areas, I witnessed projects being rebuilt, houses being furnished, trees and plants being replanted, and so much more. Through all of the struggle, it's amazing to see how the French Square still managed to hold up its own. Despite of what the city has gone through, businesses and local shops still thrive, art and history still preserved, and music continues to play throughout the streets.
Art & History
As some of us may know, the French were known for their love and interest for art. Walking through Royal Street brings about endless galleries of art and all of which are unique and different from each other. The style of art that these neighboring galleries provide ranges in variety, some are abstract while some portray realism. It is safe to say that each of the gallery used their own creative technique that differs them from the next. Walking along Jackson Square, there were plenty of local, thriving artists who hung their paintings along the gates, in which I am assuming that they display them for views and sales.
New Orleans had plenty of museums to go to as well, some of which I was not allowed to photograph. The ones we went to were New Orleans Museum, Pharmacy Museum, Museum of Voodoo, and Museum of Death.
Since I'm in the healthcare profession, the most interesting of them all was the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. They showed the history of pharmacological treatment, as well as old and used tools for various procedures. Very creepy, but very interesting.
Actually, all of them were weird and creepy. Go pay them a visit! LOL!
Food & Drinks
Of course, I can't complete this article without talking about what New Orleans is known for: alcohol and food. New Orleans had one of the best foods I have ever tasted in my life. Every single restaurant we went to were amazing.
So... Bourbon street. The name says it all right? This is where you get your alcohol. As you know, alcohol can bring about the most interesting, yet weirdest people, making Bourbon street so different from Royal street. Royal street holds boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and local coffee shops, while Bourbon street holds bars, bike hangouts, and strip clubs. Please note that even though they are parallel from each other, both streets are very different from each other. Royal street is much more family oriented while Bourbon street can be quite disturbing especially if drinking is not your scene. But if you're trying to get into the culture of the city, just know that walking with a drink in your hand is one of the many things that New Orleans is known for. You'll see many people with "hand grenades" and "fish bowls", both of which are deliciously sweet, but the alcohol can sting quick. I only had a sip of each for the taste, but the alcohol content can be quite strong.
As far as food... oh my gosh... there are no words to describe how amazing the food was. We ate at different places throughout the trip and I lost track of the restaurants. But sadly, I do remember eating endlessly. For the New Orleans trip, I made sure I had a taste of their gumbo, a po-boy sandwich, oyster, and alligator meat. All of them were so good!
Lastly, I cannot forget to talk about the best coffee place I've ever been too... Cafe Du Monde. Their beignets with coffee are to die for. They are open 24 hours so we decided to wake up very early in the morning, bought our beignets and coffee, and we ate and drank by the pool. We pretty much went to this place every morning and it was all worth it! I also purchased a tin of their coffee as a present for my parents. This place is a must when going to New Orleans!
I hope you guys enjoyed much of our trip to New Orleans and I hope that this will get you to plan a trip out there as well. It was an amazing experience traveling to this wonderful place for the first time. I'm so glad I got the chance to check this off my bucket list of places to visit and it was definitely worth every penny. Thanks for reading!
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