Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Exploring The City of Jazz and Arts...

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{View in front of the hotel}

This is a part II of our NOLA trip. After a nine hour train ride, we arrived in New Orleans around 10 pm on Friday night and headed straight to check in at the hotel (Renaissance Pere Marquette). No late party for us (Boooo!!). Thought we saved our energy the next day since we planned to walk around and explore the French Quarter.

We started our day with breakfast at some cafĂ© we stumbled upon our way. Then spent the rest of the day visiting shops and other eateries. I literally wanted to eat 5 meals per day because we burnt our energy by walking (probably walked several miles by the end of this trip). The weather was very pleasant with sunny blue sky on Saturday and it almost felt like early summer at a certain point (we probably got hot due to the fact that we walked non-stop). By the end of the day our feet and legs were incredibly sore (given that I wore walking shoes).

All the historic buildings and houses are very unique and beautiful. You will certainly enjoy this city if you love arts and jazz music. Bourbon street is fun if you are party lovers (I am a party pooper but it was still fun to experience that vibe). Food is great but can be expensive (because it's a touristy location) so be prepared to shell out your dollars. Tax rate is 9% (Houston is 8.25%). Comfortable shoes are the must (walking shoes, sneakers, running shoes). If you want to kill your feet, feel free to wear your pretty high heels or sandals. This is definitely a city that you should visit once in your life.

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  1. Beautiful pictures, love the architecture of the place, so unique. It's definitely on my list to visit someday!

  2. NOLA looks like a city full of charm and color. I've never been but it's on my list. I didn't realize the tax was even higher than NYC. I really like that you can explore it by foot though.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  3. So cool Nelah! You saw all the fab places girl. The artists, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, etc I love the ironwork on the buildings in the French Quarter. So pretty. Our tax is the highest in the States. LOL It's horrible. Comfy walking shoes is key! Cobblestone streets will kill you in heels or pumps.

  4. I loved New Orleans! Thanks for bringing back some fond memories. If you're still there, try the biegnets at Cafe du Monde in the French Quarters. Oceana is a great little restaurant around the Burboun St area. It was on Kitchen Nightmares, but their food was some of the best I've had (especially the crab cakes).

  5. such wonderful colors! i wish i can go back!


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