May 1, 2017
We received our film scans back from our trip to New Orleans and are so excited to share them! We’re sharing our tips for travel to this gorgeous city if you’re ready for a trip filled with delicious food and beautiful sights!
We planned to go to New Orleans to celebrate Radhika’s birthday, and traveled with two of our friends, Bettina and Alysha. Bettina’s birthday fell right after our trip, but we celebrated her too!
On our first full day in New Orleans, we explored the Garden District, which clearly got its name from the lush environment. We strolled the streets, taking in the gigantic homes, blooming flowers, and colorful doorways. The afternoon was hot, but the Garden District was beautiful and worthwhile.
Recommendations of things to do while in the Garden District:
- Eat at Commander’s Palace: the food there was amazing for Radhika’s birthday lunch, but the atmosphere couldn’t be beat. We sat outside in the courtyard and ate amazing seafood. Too hot? You can always get one (or more) of their $.25 martinis!
- Wander around the Lafayette Cemetery, which has tombs that are above ground. It’s right across the street from Commander’s Palace and was a fun spot to explore.
In the evening, we went to City Park, which has gorgeous trees with tons of Spanish moss, botanical and sculpture gardens, and a cute cafe called Morning Call which sells beignets. Bettina did a little modeling for us in City Park! We ended the evening eating at a restaurant that Radhika really wanted to revisit: The Royal House in the French Quarter. Their chargrilled oysters are amazing, and if you’re a fan of oysters, you should definitely check them out! Her personal favorite, though, was dessert at Sucre, which was just around the corner: a lavender hot chocolate!
Recommendations of things to do while in City Park:
- Grab a few beignets and coffee at Morning Call. While not as famous as Cafe Dumonde, they make for a great pick-me-up!
- If you love art, head to the museum or sculpture gardens! They weren’t open when we visited, but we’ve been before and they’re beautiful!
- Love flowers as much as we do? Check out the botanical garden!
The next day was all about the French Quarter. We went early, roaming everywhere and stopping to get beignets at Cafe Du Monde. So worth the wait!
Recommendations of things to do while in the French Quarter:
- Eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde (and don’t give up if there’s a long wait)!
- Watch musicians and performers in the street! This is one of Ian’s favorite parts about traveling, so take a minute to stop and watch some great live music or performances.
- A lot of people ask us where we got our wax seal. We got it while visiting New Orleans a few years ago at this shop!
- We had breakfast here and even though we got there before the restaurant opened, there was a long line of people waiting already! Cafe Amelie is a a sweet, romantic spot in the French Quarter with a large courtyard perfect for eating outside in nice weather!
One of our favorite parts of this trip happened just before we left, when we caught the Easter Parade in the French Quarter! It probably wasn’t as crazy as Mardi Gras, but we still had fun reaching for beads and stuffed animals! It was a great end to a great trip!