I absolutely love it when travel, work, and play collide. Last week I ditched the District and visited New Orleans to attend a professional development conference. In between my leadership classes I managed to find some time to explore the city and created a super quick travel guide of where to eat and what to see in the big easy.
Step away from downtown to see some beautiful scenery.
Visit Audubon Park or stroll through the beautiful campus of Loyola University.
Just 5 minutes down St Charles Avenue, do a quick drive by the Carter’s Mansion (1527 Harmony St). Jay-Z and Beyoncé reportedly spent $2.6 million dollars on this church-turned-mansion in the Garden District. Home to a total of 22 rooms, 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. This 13,292-sq ft home with 26 ft ceilings and 3 apartments spread over 3 stories was a sight to see.
Eat at Jacques-Imo’s. Luckily on a Tuesday night there was no wait for a table. According to locals this casual, creole soul food hot spot gets packed. Everything was amazing starting with the cornbread that melts in your mouth. I also ordered the crab stuffed shrimp and jambalaya. I absolutely do not regret skipping the alligator cheesecake.
Visit the St. Louis Cemetery #1- the oldest and most famous opened way back in 1789. If it’s after 3pm you can forget about booking a $20 cemetery walking tour. I arrived around 5pm and was forced to peep my head in through the locked gates for free 99. My tardiness worked in my favor because I didn’t expect to actually pay to walk through an overground burial site anyway.
There is art all over the city and downtown area of New Orleans. My creative mind was over stimulated by it all. As always I snapped entirely too many pics but they don’t even give the beauty of NOLA and its artwork much justice. I didn’t get through half of my must-see list and missed the entire nightlife experience so a second, non-work related visit is non-negotiable for 2018.
Between Bourbon Street and Royal Street is one of the most unusual and interesting small museums in the country. For only $5 visit the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum and learn all about the mysteries, the secrets, history, and the folklores of rituals of Voodoo Queens. I was completely engaged walking through the exhibit. A quick hour visit completely debunked all the crazy stories I heard about voodoo. I left enlightened with a deeper level of appreciation for the culture of New Orleans.
Shopping is the last thing I associate with NOLA. As I was leaving the museum I stumbled upon a cool eyewear boutique. Krewe, is an independent eyewear company that celebrates individual style through culturally inspired frames. With free shipping, free returns, and a lifetime warranty, its easy to see why your favorite celebrities like Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, and even Lil’ Yachty love these shades.
Even if you’re not Catholic don’t leave New Orleans without getting a glimpse of the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. The architecture is absolutely stunning. When you’re finished, go grab some beignets directly across the street at the iconic Cafe Du Monde.
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