The Big Easy had been beckoning for a long time. As I can’t bear heat very well, I had never thought about traveling to New Orleans during the summer months and postponed it to fall. But as friends ask us to join them for a trip on the upcoming weekend and promised bad weather, we were game. Isn’t it weird to hope for a cold front during vacation? As I found out later, it’s not only the temperature, it’s also the humidity what’s killing me.
I am a list lover and if I travel I usually have done some home works and made a long ‘to do’ and ‘where to eat’ list. Not this time, due to the short notice and the panic to find a pet friendly hotel, I was unprepared but had the greatest fun strolling up and down the streets of French Quarter.
Here are some notes and pictures I love to share with you, not all will make sense, don’t worry:
I dug my teeth into delightful beignets… daily. My waistband would be in serious trouble if we would live there. I had my first shrimp po’ boy and gumbo! I am in love with the café au lait, what kind of genius added chicory to coffee? I missed out jambalaya and red beans and rice. But that’s ok, you have to keep some things for the next trip to New Orleans.
We stayed at Lowes Hotel, their service was outstanding. Very pet friendly. I mean they not just allow dogs, they treat them like guests.
I learned that getting rain-drenched twice a day and high humidity makes even my straight hair, curly and indomitable. But that’s why pony tails are invented. The rain was a good excuse to use shelter in nice cafés, shops or galleries, they are all over the French Quarter.
I also learned that New Orleans interred their deaths above ground due to the high water table.
And I am in love with shotgun houses. New Orleans was the first place in the US where they started building them.
We had a great time in New Orleans and hope to come back soon! There is so much more to explore!