Despite what you hear about the Southern States, the people of New Orleans are so lovely that naturally you feel at home. Each person that I came into contact with was filled to the brim with Southern Charm, despite sometimes finding it hard to understand the accent. Walking around the streets of New Orleans, you wouldn’t even know that they had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The houses have been completely rebuilt without a mark in sight. I was treated to a city tour of New Orleans and the director spoke about the terrible events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and I thought that the way he spoke about the aftermath with such confidence and positivity was an amazing mindset to have. I feel like it was great representation of how the people of New Orleans have such strong determination and spirit of togetherness, of being able to pick up the pieces and move forward.
The city of New Orleans is really nothing like I have experienced before. I had heard stories from friends who have been there and I was excited to forge my own opinion. At night the city comes alive in the French Quarter with lights and live music being played by street bands and buskers. Its hard not to get involved by dancing in the street and singing alongside them, as everyone is out to have a good time. When I was there it was Carnivale season so there were colourful beads all over the streets, being thrown of the balconies by party goers. In the day you would find them hanging on the telegraph poles and off the branches of trees. They are typically only three colours; green, gold and purple.
Purple Represents Justice. Green Represents Faith. Gold Represents Power
Bourbon street is the main strip where you would go if you are wanting to see the nightlife. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs to head to but even if you weren’t interested in the party side, it is still really fun to walk down and feel the atmosphere. If you are wanting to get away from the typical party vibe of Bourbon, Frenchmans is a great alternative.
New Orleans, as much as it is known for its party vibe, has a different side during the day. You can walk around the streets and see the most iconic architecture. There are two cable cars in New Orleans, red and green. Each one is dedicated to taking you around either the French Quarter or the American side as the city is split into two. If you are keen on getting some fresh air, heading out to the bayou in search for alligators is a fun day out. Being that I was there in winter it was highly unlikely to see any alligators so you could imagine my excitement when we saw four or five! My excitement was heightened when I was able to hold a baby one, his name was T-Boy. Fun fact (as by now I am sure you know, fun facts are my favourite thing) Alligators love marshmallows, our boat guide would place them on a stick and sure enough the alligators would come over and quickly snap up the sugary treat.
New Orleans was nothing short of fantastic and I could have spent longer in this city but lucky for me I had some more amazing adventures and experiences to come.
Where to stay: The Wyndham French Quarter
Where to play: French Quarter (Bourbon Street), Frenchmans Street, Bayou day trip, National WWII museum, Fittes Pub, Pat O’briens (great for a well known hurricane drink)
Where to eat: The Court of Two Sisters, House of Blues
‘Take only memories, leave only footsteps’