I arrived right after Mardi Gras, but the city was still covered in brightly covered beads. One thing that became very apparent to me within a few hours of being there was that this was a city that loved to celebrate. No matter what scars it has endured in it's long history, New Orleans is a city of optimism & it was exactly where I needed to be at that moment.
|Mardi Gras beads hanging in the trees|
I stayed with my amazing friend Maggie who is attending medical school there. Not only did I get to have a really wonderful adventure full of new things, but I also got the chance to reunite with an old friend who I had been missing. Maggie was an amazing tour guide & I learned a lot about the city in a short time with her help.
On Friday, we took a swap tour. While we were there, we stopped at a little cute road side attaction in a tiny town called Abita Springs full of neat little art pieces and gaf taxidermy. We also found a cute little farm stand with beautiful fresh local strawberries (in February!) on our way to our swamp adventure. Although it was winter, so we didn't get to see too many critters, it was an absolutely beautiful boat tour and I learned a lot about the ecosystem of the swamp and about the people who live there!
|Abita Mystery House|
|Little alligator in the swamp|
|Spanish moss hanging from the cypress trees in the swamp|
|Amazing jazz street musicians in the French Quarter|
|One of my favorite shops in the French Quarter was a little vintage cookbook shop called Kitchen Witch. It was adorable and full of so many things that I just swooned over.|
|Marie Laveau's grave.|
|Baby gator at the zoo|
Overall, New Orleans was a beautiful and unique experience. Even just spending 4 days there, it's hard to sum it up into a single blog post.
This trip scratched one big thing off my bucketlist as well as 3 items from my 30 before 30 goals list and it was so gratifying to make the leap to give myself this adventure! AND it is hard to believe that even though I just got back from an amazing trip, I leave for Iceland in just over a week! 2013 is going to be a year of adventures and I can't wait for it!