New Orleans

Long, long, long, long overdue; but I went to New Orleans.

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It was magical. New Orleans is so different from any other part of the US I have been to. I know everyone says this, but I promise that it is true.

There is such a strong french creole culture that comes through in everything; the buildings, the food, the music.

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After a 6am flight and some seriously chilly aircon on the plane, we arrived at our little home for the next four days: Madame Isabelle’s. A mix of homey and hostel, modern and old world chic, this was the perfect spot for our base camp.

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So obviously the first thing we did was drop our bags and head to Bourbon Street for some boozy slushies.

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I do not recommend these. They are so unbelievably sweet and filling that after one you want to chunder – like Lauren, who had a large one, drank the entire thing and then threw up at dinner 2 hours later. To much information?

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Okay, I’m just going to get this out of the way: Bourbon Street is the worst. It’s gross. It’s full of creepy drunk men and tacky bars and litter.If you’re looking for a good night out, Frenchman Street is where you want to be.

What Bourbon Street does have however is an abundance of the beautiful NOLA buildings that I fell in love with while I was there.

I pretty much decided on this basis that I need a giant sweeping balcony covered in ferns when I grow up.

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We also managed to catch more than a few traditional NOLA wedding marches (the whole wedding party strutts around the block being followed by a jazz band).

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So walking and drinking takes it out of you quite a lot. So we headed back to the hostel and napped for way longer than intended before heading out to dinner and finding a midnight art market.

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The next day we woke to some beautiful weather and sat on the terrace to have breakfast.

Now there are a lot of things to do in New Orleans, so I’m just going to give you some highlights.

Court of Two Sisters: all you can eat jazz brunch 

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The Garden District: AHS House 

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Cafe Du Monde (obviously)

Now we never encountered the queues we heard so much about here. We went twice – both times late at night. It’s open 24/7 so why not go at 2am?

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Swamp Tour

We did this one.

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Ghost and Voodoo Tour

This was great – especially if you love the more theatrical history of the city.

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Fortune Telling

I had my tarot cards read here by a cute little old lady. It was pretty fun if you don’t take it to seriously. I mean she told me I was going to go back to uni which I am NOT for.

We also went to a lot of great restaurants and bars but to be honest I left it so long to write this that I’ve forgotten them all. SoOoRry.

NOLA you've been wonderful ⚜🎉. Back to NY ✈️ #neworleans #nola #tennesseewilliams

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