Old and new. Elegant and bawdy. Urban and tropical. Loud, and yet also beautifully and peacefully silent.
There is sadness, but also so much humor.
And there is a heat that flows through, swirling around and pulling you along, encouraging you to taste and experience as much as you can. It's lusty. It's indulgent.
It's all of the things that I love.
It was only a weekend, but we made a point of exploring and eating and soaking in as much as we possibly could, and now I want to share a few of those moments with you.
We saw them everywhere--waiting in line for breakfast. Browsing through shops. And as we got closer and closer to the Quarter, the red filled out more and more until we were completely surrounded.
I felt a little bit envious of the others, and wished that I could change into a red dress and join right in.
The heat that weekend was heavy, breaking into thick tropical rainstorms that kept sending us running for cover.
It was the perfect way to experience the city.
Named after former Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long (nicknamed "The Kingfish"), it's an elegant cocktail bar and restaurant with a cool, classic feel to it.
A refreshing Pimm's Cup for me. A classic Sazerac for Eugene.
When the rain stopped, we pulled ourselves away from our cozy spot and headed back out for another round of exploration along those gorgeous streets.
I loved these three and took their picture.
Felix's, which is across from the slightly more famous Acme, and ordered oysters all of the ways: charbroiled, raw, and a po'boy.
ROOT, a bright, airy, and fairly new restaurant on Julia Street that, like so much of New Orleans, serves dishes that combine the old and the modern.
That dish was like kissing a man, I swear.
We also ordered this, which I think was called something along the lines of: "All of the sausage in the world + pickles."
"Amateurs!" we giggled under our breaths.
Click Here to read Part II of my New Orleans Travel Diary, where I share the most delicious thing I ate all weekend.
Disclaimer: Eugene and I were invited to visit New Orleans as guests of The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation #FollowYourNOLA campaign. Our travel, lodgings, and most of our meals were paid for, but all opinions and experiences are, of course, my own.
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