For one week, my husband Joseph and I paused our life in Los Angeles to explore New Orleans and hop on a Norwegian cruise to the western Caribbean. Our time in New Orleans equaled to four days and two nights, as we spent one and a half day before our cruise, and one and a half day after. With us being somewhat ill at the beginning of our trip, we didn’t get to see as much of New Orleans as we wanted, but there’s always next time!
But what we did see left an impression to my heart.
Aside from wandering around the French Quarter, we decided to take a tour of a couple of the plantations in the area, and I thought I’d dress up a bit to match the setting! Donned with a prairie-like dress from Rebecca Taylor, I have to say that I got quite the stares, haha. Perhaps people thought I was a bit nuts to dress in a period-inspired piece while in a period location, but I got quite the kick out of it!
Our first tour was to Laura’s Plantation. The guided tour was over an hour long, and it became a fairly in-depth experience of the estate’s family history, the history between Creoles and Cajuns in New Orleans, and the estate’s history regarding slavery. I am not normally one to enjoy tours, but this one was quite intriguing.
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Oak Alley Plantation
Just a few minutes away from Laura’s is the Oak Alley Plantation that was once a sugar cane plantation. Compared to Laura Plantation’s tour, Oak Alley’s was a bit ho-hum. We took the guided tour here as well. Yes, the property is VERY pretty, especially with regards to the beautiful 200 year old oak trees that line the path to the house. But if you’re planning on learning about the history of plantations, Oak Alley offers exhibits whereas Laura offers a guide (I found the guide much more helpful).
We stayed at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter, where the location couldn’t be more perfect as it was only one street away from Bourbon St., the street widely known for its party vibes. If you’re going to New Orleans to drink and have fun, most likely you’ll end up in that street. Joseph and I don’t drink, but we had fun watching people who do! Oh, and the sheer amount of impromptu street music that you’ll run into while perusing the street is amazing. So much music!!!
Tucked in the far corner of the French Quarter, within a few blocks from the famous Cafe du Monde, is a large market filled with food stalls and vendors selling handmade knickknack (for the most part).
There are still items left on the bucket list for New Orleans, like going to a jazz club, visiting a psychic, or eating beignets from Cafe du Monde (yes, we were literally minutes from it and we didn’t go. What the fail.), so until next time!
Also, I have started a YouTube channel and I’ve uploaded TWO videos from our trip so far! I’d love it if you can show me some support and give them a view!
And finally, I’m starting a monthly giveaway for you guys! Head on over to the ‘Monthly Giveaway‘ page to see how you can win March’s giveaway – a Charlotte Tilsbury lipstick!
Have you been to New Orleans? What is your favorite thing to do?