It’s hard to believe that it was just a month ago, time really does fly! I did some travelling with a close friend to New Orleans at the end of June. I never really know what to expect when I go somewhere that is foreign to me and I guess, that’s the fun of it. I’ve travelled before to America. Not much but I have seen a bit of New York and Detroit. However, New Orleans is one of a kind! Because I love art and beauty so much, I am always attracted to places with a lot of history, architecture and you guessed it – art. New Orleans is filled with all of this and more!
Catahoula Hotel was where I stayed during my time in New Orleans. It is absolutely gorgeous. I was told the property was built-in the 1850’s as a horse stable. It is homey and the staff are so incredibly kind and welcoming!
Royal St. I would say this is my favourite street in the French Quarter. It’s filled with amazing antique shops! There are tons of boutiques if you want to treat yourself to a shopping spree and plenty of places to sit down for some food!
Trashy Diva on Royal St. If you love lace and lingerie like I do, this is the place for you!
St. Louis Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in America!
Cafe Amelie is a beautiful restaurant located in a historic home. There is an option of eating outside, which is what we did. If you want to eat inside, I recommend making a reservation or coming in on their down time because they are very busy. Food was delicious!
New Orleans Museum of Art – this is a must for me. It’s just physically impossible of me to pass by museums or art galleries. This was no exception! A lot of beautiful art is housed here, it was such an honour and a pleasure to be able to come here and see the art collection.
And I lost my mind when I saw this. I’ve been fascinated with Marie Antoinette since grade 11 history class. Before this very moment, the only paintings I saw of Marie Antoinette were the ones on Google. It’s safe to say that I will never forget this moment!
Century Girl is a boutique on Magazine St. The most perfect boutique I have ever been in. I would come back to New Orleans just to be able to visit Century Girl again. It is very vintage and feminine. Just a place that you have to go in person to admire!
The Garden District
Sounds pretty dreamy, right? That’s because it is. The Garden District is filled with beautiful, historic homes that just dare you to dream! A part of me felt like a little kid in the candy store because I didn’t know where to look first. The other part of me felt like a creep taking photos of people’s homes. I’ve seen historic homes before, but never in this particular architectural style. It was inspiring!
St Louis Cemetery. Can I just say that I used to be terrified of cemeteries? I get it, they have a morbid feel to them. Now, I actually think they’re quite beautiful. The cemeteries in New Orleans are so unique and packed with so much history. If you happen to visit the city, I highly recommend visiting St Louis Cemetery #1. They offer tours until 3pm and you can only enter with a guide.
Extra photos of the architecture!
I have really fallen in love with New Orleans, it has taken a piece of my heart. This city is filled with so much soul and culture. The locals are so friendly. Everyone says “Hello ma’am” or “How are you doing today?”, which are phrases that are so simple and yet not very common anymore. Please say hello to as many locals as you can! The food is absolutely incredible, I recommend that you eat as much as you can and do not be afraid to try dishes that are foreign to you! I really loved Napoleon House (was too busy eating and forgot to take photos of), their food is incredible. Mhmmm, just thinking about all the jambalaya and gumbo I’ve eaten on my trip! I will visit New Orleans again, I feel like there are so many hidden treasures I have yet to discover!
I really love to travel! I think there are certain meaningful and profound teachers in life and travel is one of them. To put yourself in a foreign place and get to know the people and their way of life is a gift in itself. I’m so unbelievably blessed to be able to visit different parts of the world and have my mind expand with knowledge.
Where to next?! I guess time will only tell! I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to visit New Orleans or anywhere else on this beautiful planet of ours!