The first time I went to New Orleans was back in 2003, when I was a freshman in high school. I had stayed in the band and marching band, even though I was well aware of how uncool it was and how it could tarnish my reputation for the years to come, just go I could go on a trip. (This tended to be a trend I have had throughout my life; I will do just about anything for a trip.) The trip was planned to happen during our spring break and the conductors decided to go there since New Orleans is a city known for music and we were going to be marching in one of their holiday parades.
Fast forward to the year 2016 and I had planned a trip for my boyfriend and I to go. He mentioned he wanted to go to New Orleans because it is the set of many of his vampire shows such as True Blood and The Originals. For this reason, we went and I coordinated it to coincide with with my spring break and Easter weekend. Before we left he requested a full itinerary of what we would be doing each day so I did my best to plan what I remembered to be the best of NOLA.
In my first trip I remember going to Mardi Gras World, which is basically a garage for the old Mardi Gras floats and some costumes to dress up in. Even at 14 years old I wasn’t that impresses so I crossed that off of the list for this year’s trip. I also remember a visit to Oak Alley Plantation. I knew that my boyfriend who has little to no interest in history wouldn’t want to spend time here so I went on to the next thing. I thought maybe a swamp tour where we could see alligators floating along our boat might be more up his alley, but he nixed that too.
I began to get frustrated when planning because I rarely research as much as I did before traveling. Usually when I go someplace I just walk around and find things to do, but I knew this time it would have to be different. And even though I made an extensive plan of what we would be doing, we did little according to that plan. C’est la vie!
- Check into the hotel- P.s. Don’t take Uber from the airport because it will cost you a flat rate of $75. Instead take a cab which is around $30.
- Walk to the French Market and have crepes
- Skip the lines at Cafe Du Monde and come back later. Go to the hotel and relax a bit.
- Have dinner at Cafe Maspero
- Go on the Steamboat Natchez- get proposed to 😉
- Wake up and go on a City Tour where you will see every neighborhood in New Orleans
- Walk through the Garden District
- Spend some time at the cemeteries and take pictures of the tombs
- Take the trolley back
- Eat dinner, trying as many different dishes as possible
- Stop at Cafe Du Monde when the line isn’t as long and enjoy the coffee
Sunday– It was Easter Sunday and raining so that changed out plans a bit
- Have breakfast at Daisy Dukes where they have bottomless Bloody Marys
- Go to the Aquarium of the Americas
- See the Easter Parade down Bourbon Street and catch some beads
- Have lunch at Acme Oyster House
- Rest your bellies back at the hotel room
- Have dinner at Bourbon House restaurant in the Crowne Plaza
- See a show at Preservation Hall
- Head to Magazine Street to have donuts at District Donuts
- See a movie at Theatres at Canal Place
- Walk around Jackson Park
- Go to the airport to go back home
That was it! We were stuffed the entire time but did plenty of walking to work it off. I would say that this trip was much different than the first time I went to New Orleans. Until next time, let the good times roll!