A Day In New Orleans
August 1, 2017
New Orleans, where jazz was born, is a city filled with rhythm and soul like no other I’ve been to. The hustle and bustle of the French Quarter is intoxicating (and not just from the flowing alcohol!). Around every corner there is a new artist blessing us with their talents. Kids tap dance in the street with flattened soda cans under their boots to create the sound we’re all accustomed to. I could walk the streets for hours (even in the high heat and humidity)! Although I’d been to New Orleans plenty of times before, I still felt the urge to play the role of a typical tourist. My mum met me in New Orleans (her from Florida, me coming in from Los Angeles) for the day.
(For anyone interested in watching the video from my trip, you can watch it here!)
Landing late in the evening meant grabbing a yummy meal at Peche on Magazine Street before our adventures started fresh the next day.
We ordered some delicious cocktails to start (of course). By far my favourite dish from the meal was the brussel sprouts with chili vinegar!
The city is filled with the most gorgeous colours! We couldn’t help but stop at these vibrant blue doors.
Handbag (not online, similar here)
I wasn’t accustomed to the heat and humidity so my hair was on the verge of being thrown up into a bun!
After dinner, we made our way to my favourite jazz club, Irvin Mayfield’s (also called The Jazz Playhouse). The atmosphere in here takes me back to my college days when I used to visit all the local jazz joints. Each time I visit, I’m lucky enough to get different artists entertaining us. This singer was particularly drawn to singing Ray Charles songs, however, in my previous visits, I used to hear “On the Sunny Side of the Street” type of jazz which I absolutely loved too! In fact, you can hear this song (and many others) on my August Monthly Playlist post here.
The next morning we headed to La Boulangerie on Magazine street for a good cup of coffee (I needed help with jet lag!) and croissants.
Did I mention how wonderful the colours are in New Orleans?! We could’ve stopped our car at least a hundred more times!
Patagonia dress worn as top (similar)
Vegan leather bag (similar)
Vintage Levis shorts (similar)
Soludos sandals (similar)
Happy to get some shade by the river!
Whilst it was a scorcher on this Saturday, it was very overcast. We were still able to get a good view of Jackson Square though!
We HAD to stop at Cafe du Monde for some beignets!
After our mid-afternoon snack, we meandered around the French Quarter some more, soaking in the street music, colourful buildings, and all the wonders New Orleans has to offer.
What did I tell you about those colourful walls?!
I was so grateful to have my mum with me to explore New Orleans. We’ll definitely be back to enjoy the incredible jazz music, stop at every pretty wall we see, and indulge in some more beignets!