✈ New Orleans, LA
I lived in Houston Texas til I was seven years old; New Orleans was only a 5-hour drive but it somehow seemed a million miles away. I'm not sure where I first heard of New Orleans, but I can remember being obsessed with the city to the point of ripping out photos of it from architecture magazines at friend's houses and saving them in a folder for myself. The colors, the music, the folklore, the buildings, the ghost stories, the food...all of it fascinated me as a little kid. It couldn't have been more different from the quiet, calm corner of Texas where I grew up.
I never made it there as a child, but I went to New Orleans this month for my best friend's bachelorette party. I've never seen such a gorgeous, wrecked, teeming place in my entire life and it was everything I dreamed about when I was a kid.
New Orleans was so engrossing that I forgot to take pictures of most of it. I came home with a measly sixty on my camera but I could have shot a thousand. The weekend was such a whirlwind that there's no way I could post a "guide" and expect it to be even remotely comprehensive, but I can definitely mention a few highlights.
Dinner at Sylvain. The hype-man they get to perform between sets at Krazy Korner on Bourbon street (he did a lot of Beyonce & Ariana Grande). Beignets that left me speechless and covered in sugar at Cafe du Monde. Faulkner House Books - one of the most lovely, teeny bookstores I've ever been to, and apparently below William Faulker's old New Orleans apartment. While there I got turned onto Gary Krist's Empire of Sin and I can't stop reading it. A ghost tour hosted by French Quarter Phantoms that left me so freaked out I couldn't sleep, and a hurricane or two at the Voodoo Lounge beforehand. An air boat tour through the swamp to see alligators and spanish moss. Last but certainly not least, a Chimay and some jazz at dba on Frenchmen - we heard the Hot 8 Brass Band and they were incredible.
Our two brides! <3