NOLA/ New Orleans, LA- Travel Diary

New Orleans- Photography- Photographer

Okay, so if you guys haven't had the pleasure of taking a quick trip to the Big Easy, you need to make a trip as soon as possible! We went for just three measly days, and I had to be dragged out of there! They have all the best comfort cajun food and that welcoming spirit of the south with a lil' bit o' flair everywhere. I love that you can sip on a grenade margarita or bloody mary while walking the streets of Nawlins, all while people watching. The streets are filled with character, history dating back to the 1700s, music- so much music!!, art is everywhere to see, touch, and experience. The next best thing you can do if you haven't made your trip out to NOLA this year, check out the rest of the pictures. If by the end of this post, I don't have your mouth watering for a warm and fresh beignet or have your soul aching for the music that fills the air as your walking down the street, then you can just go crawl back under that rock that you came out of(I totally am kidding, but really, you need to go to NOLA. Take me with you!)

My very first time visiting New Orleans, we didn't really plan many things to do, but had visited a haunted tour. I wish I could have gotten pictures of that, but it was way back in the day for me, before I had a camera. Since then, it's been great to know the spooky history of the streets we're walking on. This trip, we took it easy

I love the architecture of New Orleans! There's just something about walking around and being able to take in the design and layout of a city.

Of course, I just had to get someone to take my picture! I'm always behind the camera and it's nice to actually be in a picture once in a while.


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Such a beautiful red door!!! Talk about a statement door!

Some more "statement" doors. These beautiful torquoise doors those of Mulate's the Original Cajun Restaurant off Julia St in Downtown New Orleans

Mulate's the Original Cajun Restaurant off Julia St in Downtown New Orleans

Mulate's the Original Cajun Restaurant off Julia St in Downtown New Orleans

Bourbon House on Bourbon St. New Orleans. Go in there to try their Oysters!

Walking down Bourbon St. is not a true NOLA experience without getting offered some beads.

The Big Easy is such a beautiful city with so much history! You can see these "plaques", or signs around the city. 

One thing that I love, JUST LOOOVE, about this city is that there is music and musicians everywhere! There are musicians or bands playing in restaurants, pubs, and bars. The doors remain open for all of these places, so when you're walking down the Bourbon St., you get to enjoy all the sounds and melodies.

Beautiful patios all over the French Quarter and in other neighborhoods of New Orleans provide you with the perfect place to sip on an iced tea, bloody mary, and enjoy some Al Fresco dining while being able to people watch.

My dad was way too happy that he was able to enjoy a beer while walking down the street. I think out of all of us, he had the most fun!

Being able to enjoy live outdoor music is one of the many things that New Orleans provides.

Can anyone spot Manny Pacquiao?! He's my parent's favorite boxer, but ended up losing to Floyd Mayweather the following night. 

These guys were awesome!! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll be able to hear a video recording of the music they were playing. 

These guys were awesome!! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll be able to hear a video recording of the music they were playing. 

Antique shops in New Orleans have so many different things! That bust in the left corner caught my eye but obviously would be too heavy for me to carry around. 

I had never had beignets until this trip. Every other time we tried to get beignets at the Cafe Beignet, the line was too long for us and since we're an impatient group, long lines don't sit well with us. This day, there wasn't any sort of line at Cafe Beignet, so my mom ordered some to share and... OH. MY. GOODNESS...they were divine. Heavenly. Decadent. Like little clouds with fairy sugar dust that melted in your mouth decadent.  If you're ever in New Orleans, this is a place you must visit. To not go, would be a disservice to your taste buds. 

I had never had beignets until this trip. Every other time we tried to get beignets at the Cafe Beignet, the line was too long for us and since we're an impatient group, long lines don't sit well with us. This day, there wasn't any sort of line at Cafe Beignet, so my mom ordered some to share and...
OH. MY. GOODNESS...they were divine. Heavenly. Decadent. Like little clouds with fairy sugar dust that melted in your mouth decadent. 
If you're ever in New Orleans, this is a place you must visit. To not go, would be a disservice to your taste buds. 

This cool man was playing right outside of Cafe Beignet and so many people were sitting on the sidewalk watching and hearing him play some tunes by The Beatles. My dad is a music lover so he lit up a cigar(he was feeling fancy) and stood by listening to the musician play. 

My dad thought a cigar was appropriate while walking around and listening to music. BTW, my dad ALWAYS has his headphones on him. No matter what. I can't remember the last time I saw that man without his headphones coming out of the neck of his shirt. 

That evening, we went to a sunset river boat cruise. The sun was setting in the most perfect way, so because I wanted to be "in the moment" and enjoy this time with family, I didn't take too many pictures of that moment. Sometimes, it's important for me(as a photographer) to put the camera down and just enjoy a moment with my loved ones. 

That evening, we went to a sunset river boat cruise. The sun was setting in the most perfect way, so because I wanted to be "in the moment" and enjoy this time with family, I didn't take too many pictures of that moment. Sometimes, it's important for me(as a photographer) to put the camera down and just enjoy a moment with my loved ones. 

That night time blur..

And of course, there was a jazz band on the river boat cruise! Those guys were awesome. They kept playing throughout our dinner and even after people left the room. 

As the sun went down, we passed other boats and the reflections of the lights made me think of a painting.

As the sun went down, we passed other boats and the reflections of the lights made me think of a painting.

The Adler's clock in front of the jewelry store on Canal street! If this picture is correct and I took this right after breakfast, it means that we woke up pretty late and started our day late. Mind you, I'm used to waking up at 5:30am every day when I'm not on vacation!

The Adler's clock in front of the jewelry store on Canal street! If this picture is correct and I took this right after breakfast, it means that we woke up pretty late and started our day late. Mind you, I'm used to waking up at 5:30am every day when I'm not on vacation!

This handsome fella is always a good sport when I want to take his picture. 

This guy was probably one of my favorites when I was there! His electric guitar could be heard down the entire street! It's no surprise there weren't other musicians on the same street because they would have been overpowered by his music!

This guy was probably one of my favorites when I was there! His electric guitar could be heard down the entire street! It's no surprise there weren't other musicians on the same street because they would have been overpowered by his music!

I have a thing for old style bikes. I wish I was a Parisian woman that only got around on a bike...or by way of carriage. You can dream, right?

I have a thing for old style bikes. I wish I was a Parisian woman that only got around on a bike...or by way of carriage. You can dream, right?

Not only does New Orleans have music, food, architecture, and people, but they have some amazing artists!! This was at Jackson Square, where the local artists will display they work for sale on the sidewalks and on the fences surrounding the square. Some of the artists will continue to work on some pieces while they are there. They are amazing at what they do and bring so much life to the city of New Orleans. You can check out some of the official artists here. 

Not only does New Orleans have music, food, architecture, and people, but they have some amazing artists!! This was at Jackson Square, where the local artists will display they work for sale on the sidewalks and on the fences surrounding the square. Some of the artists will continue to work on some pieces while they are there. They are amazing at what they do and bring so much life to the city of New Orleans. You can check out some of the official artists here. 

SO important to wear a hat for shade and some sunnies while walking around! The sun doesn't care if you have sunscreen on or not, so to avoid sunburn and wrinkles, almost all of us had some type of protection other than sunscreen on. Rosa can rock both so effortlessly!

SO important to wear a hat for shade and some sunnies while walking around! The sun doesn't care if you have sunscreen on or not, so to avoid sunburn and wrinkles, almost all of us had some type of protection other than sunscreen on. Rosa can rock both so effortlessly!

One of THE most important things to do while visiting The Big Easy(Big Easy comes from the term Big Apple-pertaining to life in NYC, but life in New Orleans is so much more....well, easier! So the term Big Easy started coming up around the 70s), is to drink a NOLA style Bloody Mary. If you're not a fan of BM's, it's probably because you haven't tried and NOLA BM. Please, please try one from Tujague's Bar on Decauter St. They serve you up a Bloody Mary done right. I don't know how the heck they make them, but they are perfection!

One of THE most important things to do while visiting The Big Easy(Big Easy comes from the term Big Apple-pertaining to life in NYC, but life in New Orleans is so much more....well, easier! So the term Big Easy started coming up around the 70s), is to drink a NOLA style Bloody Mary. If you're not a fan of BM's, it's probably because you haven't tried and NOLA BM. Please, please try one from Tujague's Bar on Decauter St. They serve you up a Bloody Mary done right. I don't know how the heck they make them, but they are perfection!

Tujague's Bar on Decauter St. is definitely a place you should visit! They make your drink fast and do it right. There's nothing better than sipping on something cold and tasty while sitting at their bar or walking around to see what kind of trouble you can get yourself into.

Can you spot the guy on the skateboard in a button up drinking a drink-drink?! How cool is he?

Metal man doing his thing in Jackson Square. This city is filled with artists and performers that make New Orleans a place you want to enjoy and visit.

I admit, I take pictures of random things, but how cool is the dramatic lighting in this corridor? It was perfect.

I admit, I take pictures of random things, but how cool is the dramatic lighting in this corridor? It was perfect.

This guy gave me a run for my money! Literally! I was so caught up with getting a good angle on him, that he began to sing to me while I was taking his portrait. When you take a picture of an artist doing their thing, be sure to tip them! They are so gracious to play a tune or two for you while you stop and take in the sounds, so tipping is customary. 

This guy gave me a run for my money! Literally! I was so caught up with getting a good angle on him, that he began to sing to me while I was taking his portrait. When you take a picture of an artist doing their thing, be sure to tip them! They are so gracious to play a tune or two for you while you stop and take in the sounds, so tipping is customary. 

This may seem like a picture of the streets, but it's actually a picture of my sister! She's wearing  brown cowboy boots and a black romper! 

This may seem like a picture of the streets, but it's actually a picture of my sister! She's wearing  brown cowboy boots and a black romper! 


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