In my years of traveling (between my first grown-up job in D.C. and the long-distance love affair carried on for 3+ years) I’ve learned a few lessons about keeping myself healthy before, during and after my travels. Mindfulness … ahem, acting mostly like a “saint” (ha!) with diet and exercise in my daily life affords me the luxury of indulging in a few “sins” on the road. A trip to New Orleans offers plenty of chance to sin with its local cuisine and sugar-laden beverages and sweets.
My best friend and I went to NOLA for an extended weekend without a plan and only one intention: indulge in equal parts local activities and tourist attractions. Need recommendations? I’m happy to share – simply leave your questions in the comments below. Enjoy the picture-filled recap of our extended weekend in the Big Easy. And share any tips you have for keeping yourself WELL before big travel plans!
Day One: Exit plane, jump in friend’s car and hit a drive-thru bar for daiquiris and jungle juice in frozen form. Buy your resident expert dinner in exchange for alcohol and a ride at his favorite spot. Stare at the light fixtures made from recycled and melted Mardi Gras beads. Clever, right? Day Two: Find your way on foot via city maps. Hop a trolley for Southern brunch and bottomless mimosas on The Columns Hotel porch while sweet breezes and live music cut through the humid air.
Day Three: venture through the French Quarter market.. Stare in awe at new foods and contemplate the NOLA twists on foods you know and love. Find the hallowed beniegts and make them yours. The one food I missed on my “list of naughty foods” was a po’ boy. Get lucky and stumble upon an oyster po’ boy recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon (thanks Teri & Jenny!).
Day Three (cont’d): Walk around the French Quarter snapping photos, admiring antiques you cannot afford ($350,000 for a full set of silver service, anyone?) and being in awe of the delightful tea, coffee and spice shops that abound at the mouth of the Mississippi. Take a walking ghost tour of the city for a supernatural history lesson one could only get in the city of saints and sinners.
Day Four: Love all you see. Sink your feet into the silt and bricks that comprise New Orleans’ streets one final day. Treat yourself to an evening of jazz and blue on Frenchman Street. Follow this link for a full set of pics (around 200 of them!). Take care of you to enjoy the adventures life brings your way.
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