New Orleans Photo Diary
Other title considered: Naomi in NOLA
Over MLK weekend, I went to New Orleans for a bachelorette party — and I took about a thousand pictures. So I thought that I’d share them today!
Some of my favorite parts:
We were there when the Saints played for a spot in the NFC Championship, so we obviously watched the game. We saw the first half in a bar, and we saw the end from the restaurant where we ate dinner. And every person who worked at the restaurant was glued to the TV. They were also all wearing Saints gear, and their reactions (when the Saints took the lead; when the Vikings won at the last second) were excellent.
We were at Bourbon Bandstand one night, and there was a live band playing covers. When they played “Lose Yourself” I swear that every person in the bar started singing and dancing. I’ve never seen so many college guys so intense about their dancing.
We saw the very end of a second line. To be fair, I really only knew what it was because of this post, but I was so excited when I realized what was happening! Of course the band stopped playing about a minute after we got outside. Typical.
It was pretty cold when we were there (highs in the 40s), so we didn’t spend a whole lot of time outside. But we did do a decent amount of exploring!
I’m also pretty sure that we never actually ate at the first restaurant we went to. It would either have an hour wait or require reservations on that specific day or be way more expensive than we thought. Yelp became a very good friend of ours. 🙂
Some of the places we went:
Oceana | They have a variety of foods. I got a shrimp po boy and it was delicious — it even had coleslaw right on the sandwich.
Royal House | We were on our way to a different restaurant, but when we walked past Royal House, the guy outside said, “Come on in! We can seat all y’all.” So we were like, “Let’s look at a menu!”
Felix’s | This is where we watched the end of the Saints’ game. I got seafood gumbo that was good, but I was mostly interested in the game/people watching. 🙂
Bourbon Bandstand | We actually went here twice. Once to watch the Saints play and once at night. We were fans both times.
French Market | I went all three days that I was in NOLA. We tried several of the food places, and I also bought a winter hat here! (I was very, very excited about that hat. It was cold!)
Cafe Beignet | I spent at least two hours at the Bourbon Street Cafe Beignet when I was exploring on my own. I just sat outside, ate my beignets, listened to live music, and read my book.
B.B. King’s | My favorite part was the tambourine player in the band that was playing. He was this big guy who was so serious about playing his tambourine. He didn’t smile or even really move — he just banged the tambourine into his hand. It was excellent.
This was the very first thing I ate in the city: crawfish beignets. (For the record, the sweet ones are better.)
This is the hotel where we stayed: Chateau LeMoyne. It’s technically a Holiday Inn, but it’s the fanciest Holiday Inn I’ve ever stayed in. And the picture below is the pool that we (tragically) didn’t get to use.
I asked the hot dog cart guy to get his shoe in the picture, too. When I explained the picture to Matt he said, “What is wrong with you??” So I guess he’s not a fan of making friends with strangers.
This last one is Bourbon Street right at twilight, and it’s easily my favorite picture from the trip.
Thanks for reading!