New Orleans, LA
Keep this in mind, it’s “New OAR-linz,” not “New Or-LEENZ” and definitely not “N’awlins.” This post is dedicated to my bro who will be flying down to NOLA in a few weeks.
I really love the southern states, maybe because it’s such a major departure from Canadian culture. I had some favourite and some not-so-favourite experiences here. I fell into a lot of tourist traps and tried to experience plenty of ‘cannot miss’ places which were pretty much a waste of time. I also felt that I was either 10 years too late or 30 years too early for Bourbon Street. You need to be just turning 21 to drink with those massive slushy booze cocktails.. or retired and wearing flamingo and martini printed pants, dancing inappropriately with your Hawaiian shirt husband.
For the record I’m not trying to be negative. This goes down as one of the best weekends of 2014 because I was with my best pals who could make any city the best city. I also received the nick name ‘Oyster Slayer’ due to my epic consumption of sea food. We had King Crab Legs that actually changed my life.
Absolutely go to Bourbon Street at least one night, but it’s pale in comparison to Frenchman Street. This is where the locals hang, there’s all the jazz and eats you want from NOLA without the worry of college kids getting into bar fights. Go to the Spotted Cat Music Club, which had the best tunes. Also there’s the outdoor Frenchman Art Market which runs late night and features local arts and crafts.
A touristy thing I could have lived without was a visit to Cafe Du Monde for some beignets. We went late night when there was no line but I’m really not sure what all the fuss is about. I guess it’s kind of like Tiny Tom Donuts for Canadians.. gross but necessary.
A Louisiana Swamp Tour is a really cheesy thing to do which is endlessly fun. The guy who drove the boat was a 5th generation local who caught his first alligator at age 14. Hearing him tell his story was worth the entire trip.
Our last stop was to the New Orleans Museum of Art to walk around the Sculpture Garden. Really peaceful after drinking for about 72 hours straight. All in all, highly recommended but obviously New Orleans has a great reputation and doesn’t need my opinion to justify a visit.