There are so many good things to be said about our experience in New Orleans, LA. It always comes up when people ask what our 'favorite places' were (which we've been asked approximately 2,456 times. Our other favorites were probably Napa, Telluride and Austin :)). We loved it so much that it was one of the only places we decided to stay in for more than one night!
It did the trick! As we got closer to New Orleans, we decided to explore the bayou before heading into the city. We drove down through Thibodaux (pronounced tib-eh-doh, and Jim literally couldn't stop saying it for the entirety of our time in LA), through Houma, and down to Cut Off (really, the name of a town), just to get a feel for the ol' BAYOU.
Allie kept her eye out for Eric Northman and Bill Compton, but...no luck. It was a gorgeous drive, with amazing views of house boats & swamps, and the most beautiful sunset either of us have ever seen.
After locating our hotel - which by the way was the most perfect price & location we could have asked for - we decided to explore the city!
Everything is so gorgeous, mysterious, eery and OLD seeming in New Orleans. It makes you feel like you've gone back in time somehow, in the best way possible.
Then after an amazing night of walking around and listening to the MOST amazing collection of live music we've ever seen, we decided we deserved a little snack from the infamous Cafe Dumonde.
Ummm, YUM. Beignets are beyond delicious. We made a copycat version last week and they were awesome too, but nowhere close to Cafe Dumonde's. We really needed some ice cold whole milk, grouchy waitresses & peppy zydeco with us up here in Boston to set the scene.
We walked back to our hotel through Jackson Square(/Cinderella's castle?! how gorgeous is this place?).
We'll catch up soon for part 2....