Where is the time going?!!
It’s already been a month since Trevor and I returned home from our vacation in Clearwater Beach, and I haven’t yet shared with you our pit stop along the way in New Orleans! Although our main destination was Florida, we took the long way so we could stay two nights in New Orleans. Although Trev had been to New Orleans before, I haven’t, and we needed to get Louisiana for part of our 50 State Sign Challenge. (Look for an update soon on the new states we hit! We are only one road trip away from hitting the rest!!)
I’m excited to share with you all my experience in NOLA!
On our way to New Orleans, Trevor and I first did some fun outdoors-y stuff in Louisiana. The first thing we did was go on a swamp tour, where we saw wild boar, alligators, and all sorts of neat stuff. It was a super cool experience, except for the fact that it was very unseasonably cold for the south….and I wasn’t prepared. Nonetheless, it was still awesome to see a gator. I’ve never seen an actual swamp before so I appreciated exploring the different ecosystem.
Onward to New Orleans
After the tour, we drove to NOLA and stayed two nights downtown. What can I see about New Orleans? First of all, it is crayyy. Guys, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a more insane city in my life. But I LOVED IT!!! The food. The culture. The noise. The lights. Let me just say this- if you are ever looking for a relaxing, low-key stay in New Orleans, it ain’t gonna happen.
Although I haven’t yet been to Vegas, Bourbon Street reminded me a bit of the term “Sin City.” When we stopped to get lunch, we were at first very confused when the waitress asked if we wanted a beer to go. Like what?! Even our own alcoholic state (Wisconsin) doesn’t let you carry around open containers! Drinking seemed to be the theme of this city. Bourbon Street didn’t just get its name for nothing!
Something that I’ve been really trying to embrace while traveling is trying more authentic food of the region. I’m actually a pretty picky eater and would prefer to stay safe with my usual comfort foods. However, I told myself that while I was down here, I would try some gator. Fulfilling my promise to myself, we both tried a gator burger on the first night.
My reaction: The first bite tasted like chicken. The second bite tasted like raw burger.
There was no third bite.
As we walked down Bourbon Street, I couldn’t help but notice that nearly every three buildings contained a strip club. In fact, one very outgoing dancer waltzed up to Trevor and spanked him as we were walking past her club. No comment about that.
I think my favorite thing about Bourbon Street was the live music. It was in every corner, and I loved soaking in the historic culture and artistry of Bourbon Street. We were tempted to stay out all night partying, but we had a plantation tour scheduled for early the next morning. We were good little children.
The next morning, we woke up early and headed an hour outside of NOLA for the Laura plantation and Oak Alley plantation tours. I’ve mentioned to you guys before that Trevor and I are history buffs, so we love doing tours like this! It was very interested to learn about how life was for these wealthy southern families back in the late 1800’s.
This was a slave cabin on the property.
Oak Alley Plantation
Okay seriously- the Oaks that lined up the plantation were stunningly beautiful.
After the tour, we walked around NOLA. I think this was the best night staying in New Orleans. We weren’t on Bourbon Street tonight but walked around other parts of the city. We had some drinks and watched some live street dancers put on a show. It was super cool, and made me sad that I can’t do this kind of thing back home. (Small town girl). But that’s the beauty of traveling, right??
This was just a pretty church that I captured behind a beautiful sun set.
One of the last things we did was head to the French Market area to order a beignet at the Cafe Du Monde as part of a recommendation from my blogging pal Taylor for Dear Friends Blog, who is a Louisiana native. Thanks for the recommendation, Tay! The beignet was like heaven in my mouth. Donuts are personally one of my main food groups so this was absolute perfection- and a great way to soak up some of the alcohol!
Overall, we had a blast in New Orleans. I’m so happy to have crossed this city off my Bucket list! Look for my post about the state signs we got along the way!
Like this post? Check out my other travel diary entries!
Florida Fun in the Sun
50 State Sign Challenge
50 State Sign Challenge Part 2