WARNING: Long post ahead!
New Orleans was the first trip with my husband (at the time, my boyfriend). Both of us had never gone and we thought this would be a nice quick trip. I just wanted to share a bit of what we did. We were there a Tuesday – Thursday. Our itinerary included the following:
- French Quarter
- Jackson Square
- St. Louis Cathedral
- Preservation Hall
- Royal Street
- Frenchman Street
- Maple Leaf Bar on Frenchman Street
- Plantation Tours
- Swampt Tour
- Harrah’s Casino
- Music Legends Park on Bourbon St
- Magazine Street
- WWII Museum
- City Park
- Crescent City Farmer’s Market
- Cafe Du Monde
- Willi Mae’s Scotch House
- GW Fins Dinner
We walked to a lot of places. We stayed near the French Quarter so it was easy to get to a lot of places. But I must say, we are walkers! Here are the highlights in case you ever go that way.
The best thing I remember from our trip was the fried Chicken. We went to a local spot called “Willie Mae’s Scotch House” and it was the best decision ever! My husband loves fried chicken so he had checked out a lot of reviews and I am glad he did. I still think about it randomly and wish I was back there. I remember we both tasted it and were like “Where has this been all our lives?!” So if you ever make your way over there, my suggestion would be to hit up Willie Mae’s. It’ll be the best decision ever!
Now if you are a coffee person you should definitely go to “Cafe Du Monde.” The coffee is so good, I switch to Cafe Du Monde coffee at home. On top of that, they serve beignets. The beignets were so soft and fluffy, it was like biting into a cloud. Sooo good!! I only wish I had bought extra for the plane ride back home at least.
As for Mother’s, both my husband and I did not like that place at all. I had a Jambalaya plate and I believe he had the Famous Ferti Special (a poboy). We both left our food on the plate. And let me tell you, my husband is not the type to leave food behind! He was raised to finish all his food all the time and not to throw food away. Yet here, we couldn’t even finish it. But it was surprising because Mother’s was so crowded. So maybe they had a rough day…
The Plantation tours were very nice, we would do that again as well. These houses played a major role in the past so you can see a lot of history. The tours are nice because they give you information about the family as well as the slavery that went on in the plantation. So you hear about both sides. If you’re not big on history, seeing these beautiful houses will do the trick. This one is my favorite because of the entryway. I wish I would’ve taken a picture coming in but I was in such a beautiful place, I was just trying to take it all in.
The Swamp tour was one of those odd things for us. But we figured why not? So we did it. We saw some crocodiles (baby ones at least). The tour guide let us touch a snake too! We got lucky with our tour guide being funny because I didn’t find this to be one of the top things on my list.
St. Louis Cathedral was in our list because I love to go look at Cathedrals. I am not a very religious person but seeing the architecture always amazes me. I love looking at them and think how must have they built it before?! My goal is to visit the biggest Cathedrals in the world. But I just got started so that might take a while… Anyways, the Cathedral was beautiful. I was able to buy a Rosary there for mom and she loves it. She carries it everywhere she goes. This is a place to visit.
Not so good…
Harrah’s Casino was just in and out. We both come with a casino background so we thought we would check it out. Not a big deal. If you’re not a gambler don’t even bother. It’s just like any other casino.
Maple Leaf Bar was too crowded when we went. I felt like I was in a concert instead of a Jazz bar. I want to be able to sit down and enjoy a drink while I listen to the music, but we couldn’t do that. On top of that, I’m short. I’m 5’1 so I couldn’t even see the band perform. All the people in front of me were tall and blocking my view. So yea that wasn’t my favorite. The band did sound good, so maybe if you go on a less crowded night that might work.
Crescent City Farmer’s Market was a dud. Not sure if it was the day we went to or it’s always like that but I wasn’t happy. It was small and didn’t have many vendors or people.
New Orleans was definitely very interesting. The vibe around the city is just unlike something I’ve seen before. Overall, I suggest you go visit. History, architecture and people will make it all worthwhile.