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May 7, 2015


nola-112_WEBNEW ORLEANS |#novatonola |OCTOBER 2013

NEW ORLEANS! Probably one of the most fun places I’ve ever been to! In October 2013, I was a part of a 40th birthday trip for one of the sweetest ladies I know, Heather! When I was in high school, I babysat Heather’s kids and was lucky enough to go on family vacations with them in the summer to their home in Pirate’s Cove in the Outer Banks! Anyways, Heather is from Louisiana, so where better to celebrate than New Orleans! We had a BLAST! I couldn’t possible  tell you ALL the details of the trip… it would go on for everrr, but I’ll share a few fun memories! You can see more memories on our #novatonola (Northern Virginia to New Orleans) hashtag on Instagram! nola-49_WEB

nola-2_WEBOn the day we arrived… we had absolutely NO PLANS! We unpacked, decorated the room with some festive streamers and 40th birthday décor, and hit Bourbon Street!

nola-16_WEBBourbon Street is unlike any street you’ve ever been on… it’s a constant party! So many cool bars, lots of music, beads – even though it’s not Mardi Gras, FOOD, and tons of people! We popped into the first bar and picked up some delicious daquiris! We did whatever we wanted to which was a nice change of pace! A horse carriage was riding by and we just hopped on. nola-26_WEB


The driver gave us a little bit of history on some of the buildings and made a pit stop at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, the oldest bar in the United States built in 1722! We got a pint and kept on going!

nola-33_WEBNo trip to New Orleans is complete without a trip to Cafe du Monde! Beignets covered in powdered sugar… yes please! We even convinced the driver to let us stop again at Fiorella’s Cafe for fried pickles… he was reluctant to do it because we were short on time… be we had pretty good persuading skills.

We did everything we could to get the most out of NOLA! Next on the list — a riverboat cruise! We had loads of fun even if it did rain for a little bit.

nola-52_WEBnola-53_WEBWe were entertained by a really fun jazz band called Dukes of Dixieland.

nola-63_WEBThey musicians were having SUCH a good time!

nola-70_WEBnola-61_WEBnola-74_WEBAfter the show, we started talking to Richard, the trumpet player of the group, and he told us about a really cool European Jazz Club on Bourbon Street called Fritzel’s. Later that night, we decided to check it out and instead of the trumpet, Richard was playing piano!nola-87_WEB I have never seen someone’s fingers move that quickly. It was SERIOUSLY the coolest little bar. The room was jam packed with people sitting at small tables and benches facing a tiny little stage in the corner. It felt like we were in someone’s home because the room was dimly lit with candles everywhere. Even though you weren’t allowed to stand up and dance, everyone’s knees and heads were boppin’ along. You can see short videos of the piano playing and more on the hashtag #novatonola on Instagram!

The fun never stopped… another beautiful New Orleans day…nola-94_WEB

We didn’t stop moving! We did an On/Off bus tour around the city! At one point my Mom and I got off to take the Garden House Tour. My mom had done some research on Yelp, reading reviews about which one to take and every review said “Randy” was the BEST tour guide. Well lo and behold, WHO turned the corner to meet us with a smile? RANDY! He really was the best!nola-110_WEB He knew EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING. It was a gorgeous day to wander around the neighborhood, looking at houses and gardens. We saw Sandra Bullock’s house,  street where the Mannings grew up, and so many homes. I took a lottttt of  pictures, duh.nola-111_WEB

SO beautiful! Can I live there…

nola-106_WEBnola-104_WEBI love, love, love fleurs-de-lis!

Remember my fleur-de-lis ring of the day?nola-101_WEBnola-102_WEBI love this photo for some reason. Eye level with the hedge.nola-100_WEBWe were driving by in a bus so excuse the blur… but it’s so pretty!
nola-132_WEBnola-131_WEBBAM! Look at that door!nola-128_WEB

Later on that afternoon, my Mom and I stopped for some Mexican foot at Juan’s Flying Burrito… who wouldn’t be intrigued to eat there?nola-124_WEB

Heading back into the city, we continued to see a lot of beautiful architecture.



You can’t go to NOLA and NOT have your fortune told in Jackson Square. Apparently my future husband’s name starts with an “M”… Hmmmmmnola-81_WEBnola-80_WEBnola-46_WEB

In love with the hanging plants on all the builders and the beautiful trees around Jackson Square!nola-85_WEBThere isn’t a street where people aren’t playing!


There are a million other side stories I could share…

maybe another time! I had an absolute blast with a fun group of women! We drank bottomless bloody mary’s, ate endless amounts of delicious food, including an INCREDIBLE dinner at Commander’s Palace!, ate oysters as big as our hands, walked and wandered around the streets, stood on street corners and listened to musicians, met new friends, and danced til dawn. I’ll treasure those memories and that trip forever!


xoxo, Brett