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A week and a half ago I took a trip to New Orleans with my friend Caroline, as a kind of 21st birthday/end of the summer celebration. I’ve really missed traveling and this trip was absolutely perfect. We went on a complete whim with plans only to eat, shop, and listen to music, and that turned into the perfect Louisiana vacation.

neworleansbyday8This is St. Louis cathedral in Jackson Square, a must see picturesque scene in the French Quarter (and right near a lot of Beignet shops!).

neworleansbydayI never realized that the streetcars were actual public transit and not just a tourist attraction. But they were a huge help getting around the city, especially in the midday heat.

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neworleansbyday5New Orleans is well known for it’s live music, and hearing the street musicians on every corner gave the city such a fun, positive vibe.

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neworleansbyday9Here’s a shot from inside the Arcadian bookstore, and let me tell you, it’s officially my favorite place on earth. The books are literally piled floor to ceiling in a seemingly haphazard way. Tiny passageways weave through the store and it’s more than a little easy to get lost. But the best part is that the piles are actually highly organized by author and genre.

neworleansbyday4There was a great art scene in the French Quarter, with all kinds of cool galleries and public pieces.

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neworleansbyday3If you only do one thing on your NOLA trip, eat a Beignet. Cafe du Monde has just two items on their menu, coffee and beignets. You’ll never eat a donut again.

neworleansbyday7I couldn’t get over how friendly everyone was. As a lifetime New Englander, I was taken aback when people would greet me on the street. Courtesy? Friendship? What? Don’t worry, it took me about 2 minutes on the MBTA to get my Boston bitch face back.

neworleansbyday6We had a truly fabulous trip, and although I could never live there (95 degrees every day!), I can’t wait to go back.

Stay tuned for a nighttime adventures in the city of jazz next week.

Photos are mine.

 

 

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