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So what was everyone up to during this festive and pompous season? We took the privilege of some time off from work and flew ourselves to New Orleans for Christmas and boy did we make a good choice. The history and architecture of this place had us mesmerized. The place was certainly prepped up for all the festivities, with every house around the french quarter playing its own individual role to make up for the festive season. And me the happy bunny was all excited to dress up, which i always love doing and pose around the pretty streets, well who loves posing and being clicked …me me :D..Happy Dance!!
A few glimpses below of the must see places in New Orleans and a guide to the restaurants/bars following it that may help.
We stayed at the Sheraton hotels on canal street, advisable to find a hotel on this street if you want to stay closer to all the attractions. The view from our high rise hotel room was the best part about waking up in the mornings :).
Canal street has these street train cars running across the city and that make for a good oxymoron where in, these period street cars run amidst the high rises. Some what similar to the San Francisco trolleys.
Our first and foremost stop was but off course the most talked about street in the french quarter BOURBON street. All lit up with the multiple bars and restaurants. So if you are someone who enjoys drinking and dancing all night, this is your street and stays alive almost all night, well at least past my bed time. (pheww…age does catch up). There are numerous Daiquiri and slush bars serving all the cocktails in fancy mugs and glasses as per the occasion. Buy yourself a drink and waddle along the streets gazing at the lights and the fun scenes with drink in hand, oh yes alcohol is allowed on the streets in the french Quarter :).
In the french quarter, the ROYAL street with its,one of a kind boutiques and shops are a novelty and a must visit. The houses with the typical NOLA style galleries and structures are picturesque. Each of their streets has such unique structures, galleries and colored doors( guilty of posing at every door i found fascinating :P)
Since we were there for Christmas they have a special promenade all decked up called the Miracle on Fulton Street. The place was all jazzed up with lights and Christmas cheer 🙂 .
The next must see spot is the JACKSON square, super artsy with the perfect New Orleans settings. The St Louis Cathedral is a magnificent sight to the eyes, with the all white structure. The Jazz music players on the street, the painters around selling their unique pieces of art and the taro card readers around, make for a picture from the medieval period. The park opposite the basilica is pretty as well. The fountain in the park with the cathedral as the backdrop is the best place to get a great shot (PS: Ask me all the places to get good pictures and show case your ensemble, guilty of taking multiple pictures and driving the husband crazy until you get the right back drop and off course a picture that makes you look uhh lala:):)). The park is actually the best place to take a breather and soak in the sun with the saxophone/trumpet sounds in the vicinity …DIVINE!!!
Around jackson square there are multiple cafes famous for their beignets, Cafe De Monde( Be ready for a long wait line to be seated if you want to eat here), Cafe Beignet. The beignets are delicious, the french version of funnel cake.
And if your a Jazz music lover the FRENCHMEN Street will be your happy place. A lot of jazz clubs around to satiate your inner jazz lover. The place also, does have pop up markets with rare pieces of art and trinkets. Sadly since we visited the place on 25th most of the places were closed on the street, but we had visited this street during our Mardi Gras visit to NOLA earlier this year, so be assured, you wouldn’t be disappointed.
Last but not the least the Garden district inclusive of the St Charles Avenue, Audubon park, Magazine street and the Lafayette cemetery are also places worth a visit. St Charles Avenue comprises of all the wealthy mansions and the Christmas season added a special look with each of the houses putting out their best decor for the season.
All in all, the Creole/Cajun seafood (I’m a sucker for seafood and can have all the shrimps and Oysters :D:D), the music in the air and in general, the ambiance made for a pleasant Christmas visit.
Followed below is a guide to all the restaurants to hog in (that’s the most important part of our trips …..food :P, to satiate our food babies :D)
Ruby Slippers, they have three branches in the french quarter, do try their Brandy infused milk cocktail..amazing and I was craving for it the whole of 25th when they were closed for Christmas :(:(. Their bloody mary’s are good as well with the vodka infused bacon. Stanleys at Jackson square
Best Oysters at ACME, FELIX(try getting a seat on their 2nd floor balcony seating, gives an amazing view to Bourbon street) in the french quarter. MOTHERS restaurant for a good cup of seafood gumbo. Commanders palace in the garden district. Oceana grill for their po boys. Daisy dukes is a 24hr place that can quench the post party hunger pangs.
And Yelp as such is super helpful. The above are few of the places we tried and liked
Below are details on the outfits worn in the pictures 🙂 :
Green stripped top(Shein), Green Velvet bag(Aldo’s), Leopard print coat(A New day-Target), Red pumps(DSW), Red earrings(H&M) with leopard print coat, grey loafers(Nine West), Brown/Black leather Jacket(Guess)
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