In June, I had an unmissable opportunity to travel to New Orleans, Louisiana (aka NOLA) for just over a week, an opportunity I absolutely could not pass up.
It was sooo worth it. New Orleans is one of those places I had dreamed about because of how much culture it is portrayed to have, it’s role in America’s history, particularly African American History and ofcourse the FOOD. It definitely lived up to expectations in that regard, I put on 5 kilos *weeps*
Following the show, The Originals , which I mentioned as one of my favourite shows in an earlier post on TV Shows, I had huge expectations for NOLA. I was disappointed to find out that a lot of the show is done on a set (womp womp). However, I did get to see some of the major landmarks portrayed on the show like; The French Quarter, Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the Treme area and the distinct style of the graveyards.
This trip actually started on a sour note. We flew to Atlanta from London and arrived at about noon. We had planned to rent a car for the entire trip so that we could drive down to New Orleans and explore some of the sights on the way, that did not happen. The Avis car rental desk in Atlanta Airport put a serious spanner in those plans. Upon arriving there, with the hope to just pick up the car we had PRE-PAID for, we were informed that there were no cars available. We had read terrible reviews so it was not all that surprising. I was livid when after 4 hours it finally hit them that perhaps they should offer the cars reserved for their “Preferred” customers to us ordinary folk, as we had been waiting nearly 4 hours at this point. Long story short, we finally got a car and were on our way. Sadly it had started to get dark when we set off so stopping to see any sights was out of the question,we were also terribly jet-lagged. We arrived at our NOLA airbnb a little after 1am and went straight to bed.
All of the arrival drama aside, we actually did well in terms of activities and sights. We also ATE A LOT. New Orleans is best known for seafood and gumbo and the portions are humongous.
I certainly have to go back to capture the Essence of New Orleans. Any takers for a girls trip? (See what I did there?) *chuckles to self*
Stay tuned for a series of upcoming posts about the sights we saw, food we ate and….hurricane tales!! (No JOKE!)
Have you been to NOLA? What was your favourite thing? Leave your comments below.
Until next time