Happy Mardi Gras Y’all!
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Let the Good Times Roll!
Even before I ever stepped foot there I knew I would love New Orleans. How could I not? Marching to the beat of its own drum, and moving at an unapologetic pace all its own, NOLA takes great pride in it’s uniqueness. It’s truly a you have to see it, smell it, taste it to believe it kind of a place. Words alone just won’t do it justice, because there simply is no other place like it.
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?
I love the title of Louis Armstrong’s song because I absolutely do miss New Orleans. I miss it in the very same way that I miss a dear friend. The easy pace and friendly atmosphere, the glow of the gas lamps and the haze of humid nights, the architecture of the French Quarter and the Garden District, the galleries and, yes even the touristy shops, and of course those beignets I can’t stop talking about.
As you walk along, music floats through the air mixing with the chug chug chug of the street cars, the clippity clop of the donkeys and the horn of the riverboats creating the sweet sound of New Orleans.
Over the years I’ve taken countless photos in the Crescent City, and written a bit too (ha ha), but because not all the photos relate to a specific post many of them have gone unused. Well, no longer… Here for your viewing enjoyment are just a few of the many NOLA photographs that have been languishing inside my laptop.
Cafe Du Monde
My Favorite View #2
Ghosts of the Past
Because One Is NEVER Enough
Christmas NOLA Style
Bourbon Street Boy
Our Trees Have Bling
Here There be Pirates
Royal Street Blues
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
Until next time New Orleans…
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I like your description of New Orleans. Your blog is a big help for travelers like myself. Great photos too. Thank you.
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the post!
Love your photos! New Orleans is a city I would love to visit, it must have the most incredible vibe. We have been going to the US for holidays the last few years but not yet visited this are – hopefully we will very soon! #FarawayFiles
It does have the most incredible vibe! I hope you find your way there at some point.
I haven’t been, but these pics really capture what I imagine to be the New Orleans vibe! I’d love to see it all for real. Thanks for sharing them with us. #FarawayFiles
Thank you! I’ve taken so many it was hard to decide. Hope you’ll find your way there someday…
Trish @ Mum's Gone To
I often wonder where I would start with a visit to the States – there are so many places I’d love to go. I’m sorely tempted to start here!
There are many wonderful cities in the States, so that’s a tough question… I LOVE New Orleans, but its so different from anywhere else I feel like its not exactly representative of the US, so If you’ve never been here I think I’d start with New York or LA.
Oh I really loved this post and all your photos, Hilary. You’ve really captured the spirit of New Orleans. Love the jeans hanging from the balcony railings in that Christmas pic! You really make me long to go back, it’s been sooo long….#FarawayFiles
Thank you. I had such a hard time deciding on this one. Wouldn’t it be a fun place to meet?
Yeeees! My other half mentioned that he wanted to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras the other day, and that’s all I had to hear! I jumped on that like “I’m booking right now for next year”. #farawayfiles
Believe it or not, I’ve never been during Mardi Gras, but I think 2020 has to be the year!
Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
What a lovely photo tour, Hilary! I’d love to visit New Orleans, I love the architecture, the heritage and steam boats! #farawayfiles
Thank you! There is a lot to love!
Lydia C. Lee
I love this! I really hope we get there one day! #Farawayfiles
Thank you Lydia! I hope you do too!
What a gorgeous photo album. I particularly loved Aftermath. New Orleans is one of those cities you can just smell from those photographs – it’s decadent, jazzy and nostalgic – America at its best. #farawayflies
Thank you! Yes, it is a place with some big extremes… smells included! 😘
Great photo essay on New Orleans. I can get a real feel for this city from your images.
Lauren (Where the Wild Kids Wander)
Thank you for these photos! New Orleans is on our list of places to visit soon and based on your pictures it will not disappoint.
You are welcome! 😘I promise you will not be disappointed!
I love the vibrant colours here – it just looks incredible and all those beads too – somewhere I’ve always heard so much about #farawayfiles
Yes, I love the beads! Its reputation precedes it.
It looks great fun
Fab photographs, particularly like the cafe aftermath one! I’d love to visit one day #farawayfiles
That’s my favorite too… Thinking about printing it out into the real world.
I love these photos, it’s great to revisit your archives every so often, as it such a shame when you just use a fraction of what you have taken. Particularly like the Café du Monde “Aftermath” #farawayfiles
Thank you. That’s my favorite too!
You paint such a vivid picture of NOLA with your enthusiastic words and beautiful photos, I know I’d love it if I ever got to visit. #farawayfiles
I hope you will be able to visit someday, until then I’ll be happy to give you a virtual tour a few times a year! 😘
Wonderful array of photos! I’ve only been to NOLA once (years ago) but it was certainly memorable. Love the details you captured, especially the ‘aftermath” and colorful buildings. Share your languishing photos anytime! #FarawayFiles
Truly beautiful photos
This post made me feel New Orleans and miss it even more than I already did! Beautiful.
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it!