The Big Easy | A Girl's Trip to New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana. What do you think of when you hear that name? Food? History? Bourbon Street? You probably hear all of these things! And you're in luck, because I recently traveled to this wonderful city with my two besties and got to experience (and photograph) it all! I had grand plans for this post. I was going to arrange everything into a nice, neat little package, but that's not how it turned out. I have provided for you, my trip. It was fun, adventurous, delicious, awe-inspiring, and wonderful. So, without it being in any particular order, here are a few photos from our girl's trip from Memorial Day weekend.

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I love the architecture here. Expect to see lots of it!
I love the architecture here. Expect to see lots of it!
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This place. You must go here.
This place. You must go here.
Crawfish mac and cheese.
Crawfish mac and cheese.
Seafood cheesecake. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but it is absolutely delicious!
Seafood cheesecake. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but it is absolutely delicious!
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The St Louis cathedral was built in 1794 and is the epicenter of Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
The St Louis cathedral was built in 1794 and is the epicenter of Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
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A second-line? Is there anything more New Orleans than that?
A second-line? Is there anything more New Orleans than that?
A second line is a parade where the bride and groom lead their guests from their ceremony to their reception, all the while swinging hankies around and listening to a jazz band escort them the whole way.
A second line is a parade where the bride and groom lead their guests from their ceremony to their reception, all the while swinging hankies around and listening to a jazz band escort them the whole way.
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Seeing parades at every hour of the day was so fun!
Seeing parades at every hour of the day was so fun!
So fun, in fact, that we just HAD to join in!
So fun, in fact, that we just HAD to join in!
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If you're looking for good cocktails, go here. They don't disappoint!
If you're looking for good cocktails, go here. They don't disappoint!
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A stop at Cafe Du Monde is always a good idea. Although, dare I say it, I liked the ones at Cafe Beignet better.
A stop at Cafe Du Monde is always a good idea. Although, dare I say it, I liked the ones at Cafe Beignet better.
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The St Louis Cathedral is just magical at night!
The St Louis Cathedral is just magical at night!
Canal Street
Canal Street
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When I saw that we could have brunch on a real, paddle wheel steam boat, I jumped at the chance! How fun!
When I saw that we could have brunch on a real, paddle wheel steam boat, I jumped at the chance! How fun!
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An engine room tour showed how the boat converted steam into power. You can even see the steam escaping through the pumps.
An engine room tour showed how the boat converted steam into power. You can even see the steam escaping through the pumps.
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Street vendors and beggars are everywhere - as they are in many cities with a lot of tourism. But something about this guy's creations caught my eye.
Street vendors and beggars are everywhere - as they are in many cities with a lot of tourism. But something about this guy's creations caught my eye.
He takes palm fronds and folds and bends them into beautiful works of art. I love the idea of creating something special out of nothing.
He takes palm fronds and folds and bends them into beautiful works of art. I love the idea of creating something special out of nothing.
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Next up, Lafayette Square. This area featured all of the government buildings, statues, and "painted lady" buildings.
Next up, Lafayette Square. This area featured all of the government buildings, statues, and "painted lady" buildings.
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I'm still not sure what instrument this guy was playing, but he was really good at it!
I'm still not sure what instrument this guy was playing, but he was really good at it!
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We loved stopping to watch the street performers.
We loved stopping to watch the street performers.
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Before leaving Houston, a friend of mine recommended that we try a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. It ended up being our favorite part of the trip and the best food we had the entire time we were there - and that's saying something, because everything we had was delicious!
Before leaving Houston, a friend of mine recommended that we try a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. It ended up being our favorite part of the trip and the best food we had the entire time we were there - and that's saying something, because everything we had was delicious!
Ready for class to start.
Ready for class to start.
What better way to be greeted than with fresh, hot, homemade biscuits!
What better way to be greeted than with fresh, hot, homemade biscuits!
Chef Kevin was funny, knowledgeable, and a great cook!
Chef Kevin was funny, knowledgeable, and a great cook!
First up: Gumbo!
First up: Gumbo!
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Red beans and rice, anyone?
Red beans and rice, anyone?
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Pecan Pies
Pecan Pies
And what trip to New Orleans isn't complete with having a Praline?
And what trip to New Orleans isn't complete with having a Praline?
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Part of the charm of New Orleans, is that the city forbids the beautiful buildings to be torn down. And then you have buildings like the historic Hotel Monteleone which had the most beautiful ceilings!
Part of the charm of New Orleans, is that the city forbids the beautiful buildings to be torn down. And then you have buildings like the historic Hotel Monteleone which had the most beautiful ceilings!
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This stunning hotel also featured a carousel bar - it even rotated and everything!
This stunning hotel also featured a carousel bar - it even rotated and everything!
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Ready and waiting for the party to start!
Ready and waiting for the party to start!
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Sitting at Cafe Beignet in New Orleans Musical Legends Park and listening to this jazz band was the perfect way for us to end our trip on a relaxing note.
Sitting at Cafe Beignet in New Orleans Musical Legends Park and listening to this jazz band was the perfect way for us to end our trip on a relaxing note.
Until next time, New Orleans!
Until next time, New Orleans!